Nickelodeon today announced I Am Frankie will be the first global series to be produced at the new Viacom International Studios in Miami. The studio, which has two 15,000 square foot stages, will serve as a multiplatform production hub for all of Viacom’s brands. It was completed late last year.
Nick has ordered 20 half-hour episodes of I Am Frankie. Created by Argentine writer Marcela Citterio, it was originally produced as Yo Soy Franky by Nickelodeon Latin America in Colombia. Catharina Ledeboer (Every Witch Way, Talia In The Kitchen) is adapting the English-language version for global audiences. Production is slated to begin in the second half of 2016.
I Am Frankie, is the story of “Frankie” an experimental android who navigates the perils and wonders of being a teenager. Frankie looks like any other girl, but functions like the newest computer: complete with Internet access, extensive memory and a hard disk. Frankie goes to school and no one but the members of her family know her secret. She adapts to the real world quite well, despite having no feelings or emotions, but all that changes when she begins to experience family life, make friends and have a boyfriend. Her biggest challenge will be to fall in-love without her operating system malfunctioning!
“Miami has been a content hub for Nickelodeon for some time, creating global hits such as Every Witch Way, among others,” said Cyma Zarghami, President of Viacom’s Kids and Family Group. “Our talented team in Miami is truly expert at the daily serialized format – and continues to innovate their approach to both content and platforms. I Am Frankie is a fresh and different format and has incredibly talented team behind it.”
Pierluigi Gazzolo, President of Viacom International Media Networks, Americas, added, “Viacom’s commitment to top quality productions is greater than ever before – as audiences continue to demand more and more content. I am delighted that this innovative new show is among the first to be produced in this new turnkey facility.”