By Mack Chico
Antonio Banderas will exec produce a U.S. version of “Camera Café,” the hit French short comedy format.
David E. Saltzman will helm the first series of 35×3.5-minute episodes about life in an office as seen from the point of view of a camera hidden in the coffee machine.
Banderas will make a cameo appearance in the pilot as a delivery guy.
Series will start shooting this month to air on web platform MIO.TV. Execs hope to package it for TV for a second run.
“Banderas knows the show from Spain, and we’re very excited to have him as our ambassador,” said Nicolas Coppermann, managing director of Robin & Co., parent company of Paris-based Calt Distribution, which created “Camera Café.”
MIO.TV, run by Manuel Garcia Duran, former manager at Spain’s Telefonica Media, financed the first 20 episodes and is negotiating with coffee brands for finance for the following episodes
Calt has sold localized versions of “Camera Café,” a pun on the French term camera cachee which means hidden camera, to 55 territories including China.
Sales inked at Mip TV included Lebanon’s MTV and Romania’s MVM.