El Recluso Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Stars: Ignacio Serricchio, Ana Claudia Talancón, Flavio Medina
Review: Telemundo is exploring a new content distribution model, jumping into shorter series that will “travel well” in multiple distribution platforms with its very first exclusive 13-episode series.Prison thriller El Recluso is Telemundo’s most ambitious project to date – from cast, production team and budget – to a new strategy in distributing its content.
Produced by Telemundo International Studios, the network has tapped top talent for the series, including Oscar-winning Production Designer Brigitte Broch and Director of Photography Jaime Reynoso, whose television credits include Bloodline, Shooter, Ballers and Burn Notice.
“We’re creating series that look and feel like products in the English-language general market, Europe and Asia,” says Peter Blacker, Telemundo EVP, Revenue Strategy and Innovation, who is also an executive producer of the series.
Based on the original hit Argentinian series El Marginal (currently available on Netflix), El Recluso stars Argentinian-American Ignacio Serricchio as former U.S. Marine Lázaro Mendoza, who enters a maximum security Mexican prison under a false identity to infiltrate a dangerous band of criminals suspected of kidnapping the teenage daughter of a U.S. Judge.
This is Serricchio’s first Spanish-language performance. The actor, who currently has a main role in Netflix’s remake of Lost in Space, has also had roles in General Hospital, multiple tv series, including Bones and Witches of East End, as well as films such as The Wedding Ringer.
El Recluso also features Mexican actress Ana Claudia Talancón, who has had a rich career in films such as Love in the Time of Cholera and reached international recognition in the Oscar-nominated El Crimen del Padre Amaro. Other cast members include: Flavio Medina, Luis Felipe Tovar, David Chocarro, Mariana Seoane, Isabella Castillo and telenovela leading man Guy Ecker.
Telemundo has had great success with shorter, edgier “super series.” But they still run about 60 to 80 hours. The strategy of going even shorter has pros and cons for a network with a business plan built around linear content.
“Distribution and the way we want to window these new products is really different than what we’ve done before, because with 13 hours we can move that product to a lot of different places,” says Blacker. “With El Recluso, we have something that can really travel and that distribution opportunity becomes much bigger than it was before.”
Some of those opportunities include Telemundo’s popular VOD platform and streaming services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.”Linear is our first and very important window, but there are all these other places where we can be making incremental money,” states Blacker.
Blacker acknowledges doing a 13-episode series meant Telemundo had to change its approach in perspective, discoverability and distribution. With such a short broadcast window, if the audience isn’t on board from day one, there isn’t enough time to pick up new viewers to get hooked before the series ends, so early marketing and promotion is key for discoverability.
For El Recluso, the network has worked hard to create original content on digital and social platforms with the actors to promote the series prior to air.
“We’ve been learning as we go,” says Blacker. “We’re really pioneering this windowing strategy in international and domestic at the same time. We have a long history at Telemundo of being disruptors. We launched the concept of super series and it worked amazing. We started having second seasons of novelas and they did great. Now, we believe there’s a marketplace of high-quality series and we believe the audience is going to show up.”
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