Spain’s TV Production Boom Sends Ripples Through Industry

Variety | 4/8/2019 | Emiliano De Pablos
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Never has Spanish TV drama production been so vibrant.

Over the past 12 months, “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) and “Elite” became global sensations via Netflix, building on the success of previous series (“Grand Hotel,” “Velvet”) that demonstrated a never-seen-before appetite for Spanish originals.

Netflix - Doors - Production - Hub - Madrid

Netflix is opening the doors of its first European production hub in Madrid in early April and preparing five new Spanish Originals; Movistar + aims to produce 15 series a year; HBO and Amazon are increasing production.

Meanwhile, top free-to-air TV broadcasters Mediaset España and Atresmedia are re-inventing themselves as studios, producing content for third-party operators, and taking advantage of their production expertise.

Boom - Business - Production - Models - Co-production

The boom is opening up more ambitious and flexible business production models, such as co-production.

“Many of our projects, from inception, have co-production partners,” says Telefonica’s Movistar + president, Sergio Oslé. “It keeps us international from the get-go and helps us distribute, and also reach some scale and share know-how.”

Movistar - + - Position - Latin - America

Movistar + has strengthened its position in Latin America and Europe via a co-production alliance with Telemundo Intl. Studios.

“It’s very much easier to close co-production deals today than even two years ago,” says Portocabo founder Alfonso Blanco.

TV - Drama - Mediapro - HBO - Young

Entering into international high-end TV drama from 2014, Mediapro has co-produced HBO’s “The Young Pope” and “The New Pope”; partnered with DirecTV Latin America on “Todo por el juego”; is shooting Mediterranean noir “The Paradise” with Finnish broadcaster YLE; and is teaming with Sweden’s Dramacorp on “The Head.”

Mediapro “teams on titles with predominantly international partners from the get-go, seeking to co-produce when possible and retain part of IP or initiating its own original productions,” says co-founder and partner Tatxo Benet.

March - Company - Mediapro - Studio - Javier

In March, the company launched the Mediapro Studio, overseen by Javier Méndez as chief content officer, and revealed it had 34 scripted series in production, fruits of its frenetic policy of strategic alliances...
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