Onza Distribution sells hit telenovela “Cacao” to Mediaset España

08 April, 2024

Onza Distribution sells hit telenovela “Cacao” to Mediaset España

Onza Distribution announces sale of ‘Cacao’ to Mediaset España, TVI’s prime time leader telenovela in Portugal. This marks the beginning of a promising future for TVI productions in this country.CACAO

Cacao’ premiered last January, reporting an impressive audience share of 19.48% (861,944 viewers). Since then, it has continued to be leader of prime time in Portugal, amassing an average viewership of 18.99% share. Following this remarkable track record on television, Mediaset España has now acquired the telenovela, which will join the thematic channel Divinity’s programming grid starting from a date that is yet to be announced.

In a cocoa plantation in Itacaré (Brazil), Cacao (Matilde Reymão) makes chocolate with exotic flavors. Her life changes when the man who seemed to be her biological father, Joaquim (Paulo Calatré), reveals her true origins as the illegitimate daughter of Justino (António Capelo), the farm owner. This revelation leaves her in the spotlight as she becomes a rightful heir to Justino’s estate. And her rivals will do anything to stop her threat. Cacao’s life is in danger but Tiago (José Condessa), a charming young man she falls in love with, will do everything he can to protect her from her enemies.

“This agreement shows that our telenovelas can travel everywhere and we are sure the Spanish audience will be captivated by Cacao’s great story” – says Béatrice Nouh, Head of Sales at Onza Distribution.


“I’m thrilled to witness the groundbreaking expansion of Cacao into Spanish television. This historic deal not only underscores the universal appeal of Portuguese storytelling but also opens new avenues for cultural exchange and collaboration in the world of television Entertainment”. – Margarida Victória Pereira, Director of Acquisitions and Sales of TVI.

TVI/Plural’s competitive productions have received public acclaim and well renowned awards, including 8 International Emmy Award Nominations for Best Telenovela. From those, won two International Emmy Awards for ‘My Love’ in 2010 and ‘Payback’ in 2018, followed by 6 nominations for ‘Forever’ in 2023 and ‘On Thin Ice’ in 2020 just to mention a few. TVI’s and Plural also receive two Venice TV Awards for ‘Forever’ in 2023 and ‘Life Is A Party’ in 2022. Their broad catalogue of telenovelas and fiction series are traveling across countries all over the world, brought by Onza Distribution.

On the occasion of MIPTV, Onza Distribution presents along with ‘Cacao’ all its main fiction headliners in the 2024 edition of MIPTV, such as ‘Heartless’, Onza’s highly anticipated thriller that will premiere on Prime Video Spain next April 19, or ‘Golden Swan‘, a period drama set in Prague in 1939, as well as new seasons of ‘Flowers Over The Inferno’ or ‘Sweet Strawberries.

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