Pablo Illanes

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Pablo Illanes
Born (1973-03-12) 12 March 1973 (age 41)
Chile Santiago, Chile
Occupation Author, screenwriter, journalist, filmmaker
Language Chilean Spanish
Nationality Chilean

Pablo Andrés Illanes Tapia (Santiago de Chile, March 12, 1973) is a Chilean writer, scriptwriter, journalist and film director, principally known as the creator of various successful telenovelas, including Adrenalina(es), Machos(es), Alguien te mira, ¿Dónde está Elisa? and Conde Vrolok(es).


He studied journalism at Diego Portales University. After establishing himself as a film critic in Wikén, the weekend supplement of the newspaper El Mercurio, and at the defunct TV station Canal 2 Rock & Pop(es), he wrote his first telenovela, Adrenalina (1996). It was aired on Canal 13. It aroused controversy for its audacious storyline (which was customary on said channel), based on fleeting teen romances at a high school in the "barrio alto" (upper district) of Santiago.

His second telenovela, Playa salvaje(es) (1997), was the most watched telenovela of the decade on its channel. But his initiation as a screenwriter came with Fuera de control(es) (1999), which, although it did not generate big ratings, was applauded by critics and became a cult telenovela, being reaired on two occasions.

After Piel canela(es) (2001), a series which obtained weak ratings and critical reviews, and which meant the temporary cessation of telenovela production on Canal 13, he rehabilitated himself with the successful Machos (2003), written jointly with Coca Gómez and Sebastián Arrau. The telenovela, with broad social impact and great ratings, won several awards, among them two Altazors,[1] and became a great success such that it rebroadcast in Spain and various Latin American countries, enjoying huge popularity in Uruguay.[2]

Then he began a new phase in his career, this time within Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN), where he wrote the soap operas Destinos cruzados(es) ("Crossed Destinies") (2004) and Versus(es) (2005) and adapted the script for the Argentinean soap opera Floricienta, whose Chilean version, Floribella, premiered in 2006. He also created the first Chilean suspense TV series, Alguien te mira, based on the activities of a psychopath in the affluent section of Santiago, gaining the largest ever audience for a nighttime television series, which gave him standing for a new project, ¿Dónde está Elisa? a crime/suspense series inspired by real cases like those of Madeleine McCann and Jorge Matute Johns(es). Afterward he wrote Conde Vrolok, a vampire telenovela in the 19th century and inspired by Dracula. He is also the author of the scripts for Témpano(es) (2011).

Illanes has signed a contract to work as a screenwriter with Telemundo, beginning in 2013, for three years in New York.[3]

He has entered the field of literature with Una Mujer Brutal[4] (A Savage Woman) and fragilidad (written all in lower case). He is preparing a third novel called, after his "inspirational blog", Los Amantes Caníbales (The Cannibal Lovers). He also wrote the film Te vas a morir de pena cuando yo no esté (You will die of sorrow when I am not here).

He debuted as a director with the film Baby Shower(es) (2011), a horror film starring actresses from his several series, such as Ingrid Isensee, Claudia Burr, Francisca Merina, Sofía García, and Patricia López.[5] During November and early December of 2012, he spent 19 days filming, in a house in Ñuñoa, his second feature-length film, Videoclub, starring Pedro Campos, Luciana Echeverría, and Ingrid Cruz(es), and with music by the band Pánico.[6]


  • Baby Shower (2011)
  • Video cub (2013)
  • No tengas miedo (2014)
  • Sala de ensayo (2015)


  • Adrenalina]] (Canal 13, 1996)
  • Playa salvaje (Canal 13, 1997)
  • Fuera de control (Canal 13, 1999)
  • Piel canela (Canal 13, 2001)
  • Machos]' (Canal 13, 2003)
  • Destinos cruzados (TVN, 2004)
  • Versus (TVN, 2005)
  • Floribella, adaptación (TVN, 2006)
  • Alguien te mira (TVN, 2007)
  • ¿Dónde está Elisa? (TVN, 2009)
  • Conde Vrolok (TVN, 2009-2010)
  • Témpano] (TVN, 2011)
  • Prófugos, (HBO, 2011)
  • Reserva de familia, adaptación (TVN, 2012)

Literary works[edit]

  • Una mujer brutal, novel, Alfaguara, 2000
  • Te vas a morir de pena cuando yo no esté, a play premiered under the direction of Ricardo Balil, January 23, 2012 in the Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil(es)[7]
  • mp3, stories; publisher, Editorial Andrés Bello, 2003
  • fragilidad, novel, Alfaguara, 2004
  • Los amantes caníbales, novel, in development


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