February 1, 2023

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Grupo iZen, non stop launch new production company Cacao & Cia

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Spain’s Grupo iZen and Argentina-based Non Stop have launched Cacao & Cia, a new shingle aimed at creating content for the global Spanish-speaking market.

With offices in Madrid and Mexico, the joint venture will be led by Non Stop Pedro Dávila, who will lead a creative team in close collaboration with Juliana Barrera from iZen in Madrid.

Its first projects include biopics of famous Argentine Formula 1 race car driver Juan Manuel Fangio and legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. The latter is based on the book “Las Verdades de Chavela” by María Cortina, adapted by Arantxa Echevarria (“El Cid”, “Carmen y Lola”).

These projects define Cacao & Cia’s upcoming content, reflecting strong IP closely linked to Latin America and with strong international appeal. This partnership between two powerful players is crucial in a highly competitive market where demand for content is high, but more players are also jumping in.

Davila, CEO of Cacao & Cia said: “Under this new entity we will strive to support local talent and stories. We want to work with studios, but also with independent creators.”

“We have the experience and resources to enter into co-production agreements and are interested in working to develop new models and provide manufacturing and distribution support in Latin America or Europe,” he added.

The new shingle draws on iZen’s depth of creative knowledge and experience, led by Sara Fernandez-Velasco and Jose Velasco, whose notable credits include “El Cid” (Amazon Prime Video), Netflix’s “Insiders” and Disney’s “ Santa Evita” among many on Star+.

Non Stop has the most innovative production infrastructure in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Spain, operating more than 20 studios covering a total of 70,000 square meters (754,000 square feet). It has been the production arm of Disney Latin America for over 25 years.

Nonstop president Patricio Rabuffetti is leading a group of investors in Screen I, a $20 million investment fund for films and TV series founded by Screen Capital in Chile.

“Non Stop’s potential and size and its vast capabilities in services and technology perfectly complement iZen and the creativity of our distribution force,” noted Sara Fernandez-Velasco and Jose Velasco of iZen.

Rabuffetti said: “In a context where budgets and projects will be tighter, this alliance with a company of iZen’s size and experience allows us to add top-level creative and production capabilities to create exceptional content, both original and acquired, and thus our clients. Help people benefit from high-quality programming at a significantly lower investment.”

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