A 20 x half-hour English-language version of Nickelodeon Latin America’s popular live-action series Yo Soy Franky, from renowned Argentine writer Marcela Citterio, is the first series in development at new production hub Viacom International Studios in Miami.
I Am Frankie is being adapted for a global audience by Catharina Ledeboer (Every Witch Way, Talia in the Kitchen). It follows the story of an emotionless, experimental teenage Android whose life begins to change after experiencing family life, school friendships and first love.
Production is expected to begin in the second half of 2016, followed by distribution to Nickelodeon’s more than 80 channels in 160 countries and territories.
Miami’s Viacom International Studios features two 15,000-square-foot sound stages. It was completed in late 2015 and serves as a multiplatform production hub for all of Viacom’s brands. The studio is expected to produce original content, including daily serialized formats, music specials and game shows, as well as short-form content for digital platforms and television.
The new studio and series come as Miami-headquartered VIMN Americas has upped its Miami production output threefold over the last five years. Both Every Witch Way and Talia in the Kitchen, and WITS Academy have been produced in the city.