project Castillo Uzcátegui applied his cunning. He wanted to form a TV channel
exclusively for information so he contacted two renowned professionals to drive
it forward: Eduardo Sapene, who had been vice president of information on RCTV
(one of the main open television channels in Venezuela until it went off air on
May 2007 after Hugo Chávez refused to renew its concession) and Arnaldo
Limanski, a movies and soup operas producer in Venezuela and Latin America. With
both names to his credit he started the quest for talents.
Alejandra Requena remembers she didn’t know Castillo Uzcátegui but she did know
Sapene, and it was because of him, because of his trajectory on RCTV and for
having worked on the same channel, that she decided to listen to the
proposition. They began negotiations through her manager and finally there was
no agreement. “Thanks God it didn’t happen” she says now.
only time she spoke to Castillo, a brief encounter where they only talked about
the project, she was left with the impression that the man was a little arrogant
but that he had a clear view of what he wanted to do and
accepted working with him because of the invitation from quite
journalists. “If they were there, it must be good”, he says, but he also
acknowledges that his own name was used to get a good staff, because if he was
in, good projects could be expected. Limanski was the producer of all of Román
Chalbaud’s movies, except “El Pez que Fuma”, he worked on RCTV producing soap
operas, he was production manager on Venevisión and Vice President of Telemundo
in RH Noticias would be mounting the channel and the production of the programs
in the two studios
for that end. Castillo Uzcátegui ended up owing him $30.000 after three months
of work. On this time, he delayed the payments and when he finally delivered all
the checks at the same time, they all bounced. The checks had no funds.
one of those who took most of the damage, I remember Sapene didn’t last more
than 15 days”, Limanski points out. Contacted via email, Sapene chose to stand
aside: “My working relationship with Mr. Castillo was very brief and it occurred
almost six years ago, so I don’t wish to speak more of that subject”, he
various months on production, changes on stage, contact with international news
agencies and apparent investments on technology, the channel didn’t go on air in
digital. “It was a lot of money. A month passed, another more and he didn’t pay.
Besides we started to notice that he was delaying everything. Those of us who
could endure it for a while would, but it came a moment when we asked ourselves
“what’s going on here?”, adds Limanski.