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Univision’s First W Studios Project Takes Flight

The story of a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot but gets caught up in Latin America’s narcotics trade has been selected as the inaugural production from W Studios, the recently announced joint venture between Univision Communications and veteran producer Patricio Wills.

La Piloto features a script written by Jorg Hiller, the brainchild behind the Colombian telenovela Tiro de Gracia, developed for UniMás and Caracol Television in 2014.

Inspired by real-life events, La Piloto tells the story of Yolanda, who achieves her life-long dream of flying planes but winds up transporting drugs across Mexico, Colombia and Central America. John Lucio, her boyfriend and former flight instructor, betrays her to avoid going to prison. This fuels Yolanda’s thirst for revenge and, ultimately, motivates her to seek control of the drug-trafficking business.

“We have started casting for this compelling story and are delighted with the phenomenal roster of interested talent to choose from,” Wills, who serves as president of Miami-based W Studios, said. “I’m looking forward to producing a project like this with such a unique and timely storyline.”

Wills is the founder, president and CEO of RTI Colombia and had oversight of Producciones RTI, a joint venture with Telemundo that gave audiences such blockbuster telenovelas as La Reina del Sur.

La Piloto will air on UniMás and is expected to debut in the fourth quarter.