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Nickelodeon greenlights first new global series to be produced in Viacom’s Miami studio

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MUMBAI: Nickelodeon has announced the first series that will be produced in the new state of the art Viacom International Studios in Miami. The studio, which boasts two 15,000 sq. foot stages and was completed in late 2015, will serve as a multiplatform production hub for all of Viacom's brands.

I Am Frankie, originally produced as Yo Soy Franky by Nickelodeon Latin America in Colombia was created by Argentine writer Marcela Citterio. The English language version, I Am Frankie, is now being adapted for global audiences by Catharina Ledeboer, who has written multiple Nickelodeon hits, including most recently Every Witch Way, which completed four seasons and Talia in the Kitchen.

I Am Frankie, is the story of Frankie - an experimental android who navigates the perils and wonders of being a teenager.

Already in development, production on I Am Frankie will begin in the second half of 2016. Nickelodeon has ordered 20 x 30 minute episodes, which will be distributed to Nickelodeon's global audiences spanning 160 countries and territories via the brand’s more than 80 channels and branded blocks.

Viacom's Kids and Family Group president Cyma Zarghami said, “Miami has been a content hub for Nickelodeon for some time, creating global hits such as Every Witch Way, among others. 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.”

Viacom International Media Networks, Americas president Pierluigi Gazzolo 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.”

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