Behind the Scenes With Mediapro’s Antarctic Thriller Series ‘The Head’

Variety | 9/20/2019 | Ben Croll
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On Sept. 13, the cast and crew of Mediapro’s upcoming dramatic thriller “The Head” gathered at a swanky Santa Cruz de Tenerife hotel to kick off promotional duties for this English-language series, which will wrap shooting later this month.

It was day 50 of production, and the cast had been working late, rushing to get every last shot before heading off to Iceland for one last week. Having only wrapped the previous night’s shoot less than 10 hours prior, all were in high spirits for that morning’s round of junkets with the Spanish, Japanese and English-language press, and for the set visit that then followed.

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Variety was on-hand for the day’s events, and can offer the following take-aways from the visit.

The six-episode limited series took shape when Ran Tellem, creator of the Israeli drama “Prisoners of War” and executive producer of its American remake “Homeland,” came onboard as Mediapro’s director of international content development in 2016.

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Together with Mediapro content director Javier Mendez, the executives came up with an evocative premise – which opens on a group of scientists returning to a remote Antarctic research station after a long winter break only to find all their colleagues dead, and then flashes back to the moment the doomed colleagues discovered the first dead body amongst them – then brought it to the 2017 Series Mania pitch forum.

Tellem and crew made a compelling case at Series Mania, and the Agatha Christie-like thriller quickly took off from there. It soon brought in co-production partners like Hulu Japan and HBO Asia, who will broadcast the series in Asian territories, and a creative team that includes genre experts like show-writers Alex and David Pastor (“Carriers,” and the upcoming Netflix original “Hogar”), and director Jorge Dorado (“The Pier,” “Mindscape”). Mediapro is handling all other international sales for the series,...
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