João Emanuel Carneiro

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João Emanuel Carneiro
Born (1970-02-17) February 17, 1970 (age 49)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1991—present

João Emanuel Carneiro (Rio de Janeiro, February 17, 1970) is a screenwriter, film director and author of Brazilian telenovelas. His many works include: Central Station, Midnight, Orfeu and Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum.[1]

His greatest hit on television was Avenida Brasil that broke several TV audience records in Brazil and abroad, being sold to more than 130 countries. Aired originally between March-October 2012, the telenovela achieved an overall average of 42 rating points and a 69% share. The last episode scored an impressive 56 rating points and an 84% share, with more than 50 million (sic) viewers, becoming the most watched TV program of the year.[2] Avenida Brasil, was considered by Forbes the most-commercially successful telenovela in Brazilian history, with total earnings estimated in $1 billion.[3]

He was considered by Época, one of the 100 most influential Brazilians in 2012.[4]


João Emanuel Carneiro began his writing career and director in 1991 with the Zero Zero movie, but achieved international popularity to sign the award-winning film script by Walter Salles, Central Station, starring by Fernanda Montenegro.

On television, he collaborated with Maria Adelaide Amaral in the script of the miniseries A Muralha (2000), Os Maias (2001) and in the telenovela Desejos de Mulher (2002). His first work as lead author was in Da Cor do Pecado (2004), which was a great success on Brazilian television. In 2006, wrote Cobras & Lagartos.

In 2008, he wrote the telenovela A Favorita, his first in primetime.[5]

Avenida Brasil written by him in 2012, became the most exported telenovela of Rede Globo, surpassing Da Cor do Pecado, which was the sales leader for other countries so far. The telenovela has been licensed for 150 countries over the past 20 months and dubbed into 19 languages as English, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Polish, Russian and French. Besides Europe and Latin America, Avenue Brazil has been licensed to more than 58 countries in Africa and Middle East countries as well.[6]

João Emanuel Carneiro is half brother of actress Claudia Ohana and son of writer, anthropologist and art critic Lelia Coelho Frota.


Year Work Note Network
2000 A Muralha Co-author Rede Globo
2001 Os Maias
2002 Desejos de Mulher
2003 Brava Gente Episode: O Crime Perfeito
2004 Da Cor do Pecado Creator
2006 Cobras & Lagartos
2008 A Favorita
2009 Cama de Gato Text supervisor
2010 A Cura Creator
2012 Avenida Brasil Creator
2014 Segunda Dama Text supervisor
2015 A Regra do Jogo[7] Creator
2018 Segundo Sol
Year Work Note Director
1991 Zero a Zero Screenwriter Himself
1998 Central Station Walter Salles
Midnight Walter Salles / Daniela Thomas
1999 Orfeu Cacá Diegues
Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum Cao Hamburguer
Bem-vindos ao Paraíso Marco Figueiredo
2000 Cronicamente Inviável Sérgio Bianchi
2001 A Partilha Daniel Filho
O Filho Predileto Walter Lima Jr.
Um Crime Nobre Walter Lima Jr.
2002 Que sera, sera Murilo Salles
2003 Deus É Brasileiro Cacá Diegues
Cristina Wants to Get Married Luiz Villaça
2004 A Dona da História Daniel Filho
Redentor Cláudio Torres


Year Award Category Work Result
1998 Prêmio Estação Botafogo Screenwriter of the Year
Central Station
Satellite Awards Best Original Screenplay Nominated
2004 APCA Award Best Telenovela
Da Cor do Pecado
2005 Prêmio Contigo! de TV Best Screenplay Nominated
2008 Prêmio Extra de Televisão Best Telenovela
A Favorita
Faz Diferença Award (from O Globo) Revista da TV Won
Prêmio Quem de Televisão Best Screenplay Won
APCA Award Best Telenovela Won
2009 Prêmio Qualidade Brasil Best Telenovela Won
Best Screenplay Won
Prêmio Contigo! de TV Best Telenovela Won
Best Screenplay Won
Troféu Imprensa Best Telenovela Won
Troféu Internet Best Telenovela Won
2012 Prêmio Extra de Televisão Best Telenovela
Avenida Brasil
APCA Award Critics Award Won
Prêmio Quem de Televisão Best Screenplay Won
2013 Troféu Imprensa Best Telenovela Won
Troféu Internet Best Telenovela Won
Prêmio Contigo! de TV Best Telenovela Won
Best Screenplay Won
41st International Emmy Awards[8] Best Telenovela Nominated
2016 44th International Emmy Awards[9] Best Telenovela
A Regra do Jogo


  1. ^ "João Emanuel Carneiro - CARAS Famosos - CARAS Brasil". p. CARAS. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "'Brazil Avenue' Creator Preps 'A Regra do Jogo'". July 9, 2015. p. Variety. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Brazilian Telenovela 'Avenida Brasil' Makes Billions By Mirroring Its Viewers' Lives". October 19, 2012. p. Forbes. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Os 100 brasileiros mais influentes de 2012". p. Época. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Equipe de A Favorita". p. Rede Globo. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "'Avenida Brasil': João Emanuel Carneiro diz que viveu para a novela e que sentiu alívio ao pôr o ponto final na trama". October 10, 2013. p. Extra. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  7. ^ 'A regra do jogo': conheça a história da próxima novela das nove da Globo EGO
  8. ^ ""Avenida Brasil" e "Lado a Lado" são indicadas ao Emmy Internacional". October 7, 2013. p. Uol. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  9. ^ ""Avenida Brasil" e "Lado a Lado" são indicadas ao Emmy Internacional". October 7, 2013. p. Uol. Retrieved July 11, 2015.

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