Gullane, Producer of Netflix Series ‘Senna,’ to Make Ayrton Senna-Related Doc and Animation, Plus New Features and Series (EXCLUSIVE)

RIO DE JANEIRO  — Top Brazilian production company Gullane Entretenimento will make a feature-length doc and the third season of an animation series about Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, company directors Fabiano and Caio Gullane told Variety.

Produced by Gullane for Netflix, the highly anticipated “Senna,” a bio drama TV series with Vicente Amorim serving as showrunner and Amorim and Julia Rezende as directors, is due to open late this year. Designed for global audiences, “Senna” is the highest-budgeted Brazilian series ever.

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Doc “Senna Kart – A Pura Competição” (“Senna Kart – Pure Competition”) depicts the beginnings of Senna’s career, when he competed in the South American and World Kart Championships. Gullane and Canal Azul will produce the doc which is helmed by Pedro Rodrigues and due to be lensed in the second half of this year. It will have a theatrical release.

Gullane and Gloob, a Globo pay-TV channel, are making “Senninha na pista maluca,” the third season of a kids’ animation TV series that airs on both Gloob and Netflix. The new season, which will have 13 episodes of 11 minutes each, is due to be released in the second half of 2025. In the plot, Senninha (young Senna) loves racing cars.

“Senna is considered one of the greatest racing drivers in the world. He became a national hero thanks to his passion and determination. Film and TV have the capacity of keeping his legacy alive,” Caio Gullane told Variety.

The Gullane brothers talked about the production challenges of lensing “Senna” in four different countries during the Netflix panel at Rio2C, Latin America’s largest creativity event that is taking place in Rio de Janeiro over June 4-9.

Another Gullane animation in production is “Noah’s Ark.” Sergio Machado and Alois Di Leo direct the animation that Imagem is due to theatrically release in Brazil in October.

“Noah’s Ark” features Vinicius de Moraes’ songs for children from his iconic 1980 album of the same title, with new versions from Brazilian singers. Characters will be dubbed by Rodrigo Santoro, Alice Braga and other top local actors.

Gullane will also produce the fifth and last season of KondZilla-created “Sintonia,” the most watched Brazilian series on Netflix. Lensing of the Johnny Araujo-helmed season wrapped in the first half of this year.

Set in a poor neighborhood in Sao Paulo, and focusing on funk, drug dealing and fundamentalist religion, the fifth season finalises the stories of Doni (Jottape), Nando (Christian Malheiros) and Rita (Bruna Mascarenhas).

TV series “Colonia,” which is based on Daniela Arbex’s book “Holocausto Brasileiro” (“Brazilian Holocaust”), will have a second season. Gullane will shoot the season in Sao Paulo in the second half of this year. Vet helmer Andre Ristum will direct the series, which stars Fernanda Marques, Andreia Horta e Augusto Madeira.

Gullane have also produced “Ninguem Sai Vivo Daqui” (“Nobody Leaves Here Alive”), a spin-off feature film of the first “Colonia” season that will be theatrically released in Brazil on July 11. The series and pic depict the inhuman living conditions in the psychiatric hospital of Colonia, in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state.

Fabiano Gullane also told Variety that Gullane is developing two music doc TV series about Brazilian rock group Titas and Bahia-state singer Daniela Mercury. Vitor Mafra will helm both series, which will each be made up of six half-hour episodes.

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