Among the exciting announcements made during Annecy last week is that Netflix will develop Fernanda Frick’s Raise the Bar! into an animated series. It could become the first animated series that Netflix picks up from the country of Chile.
The slice-of-life/sports series, written by Frick and Glenn Lazo, follows Sam, a female high school student who works toward her dream of becoming an world-champion weightlifter. “But the odds are against her,” Frick explained at Annecy. “There’s no precedent, there’s no special coaches, and her family doesn’t understand why she’s doing it. This won’t stop her.”
The pitch for the sports-themed series, geared towards kids 9-14, won the tv competition last fall at the Ventana Sur film market in Argentina.