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Mediapro Studio, Directv’s ‘Side Games’ Season 2: Darker, More Ironic and Complex

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Madrid — The beautiful game has just got dirtier. Produced by The Mediapro Studio and Directv Latin America, Season 1 of soccer crime thriller “Side Games” (“Todo por el juego”) proved a big swing for the Latin American pay TV/Svod player, the most watched show on its bow on its premium pay TV service OnDirectv and Svod offer Directtv Play.

Announcing this August its carriage of new Ott service Directv Go, the only DirecTV Latin American Original mentioned by Southern American pay TV service Roku was “Side Games.”

Released in Latin America on Oct. 21 and in Spain on Movistar+ from Sunday Nov. 3, Season 2’s trawl through the sewers of the soccer business looks to raise the stakes, broadens the canvas and proves even darker.

Calparsoro has said that he always imagined “Side Games” as a four season series, though each season can be seen on its own. After sale to parts of Latin America,
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Spectrum Originals Picks up Soccer Drama ‘Side Games’ for U.S. Distribution

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Spectrum Originals Picks up Soccer Drama ‘Side Games’ for U.S. Distribution
Charter CommunicationsOtt service Spectrum Originals has reached a deal with Spain’s The Mediapro Studio for the U.S. rights to its popular series “Todo por el Juego,” (“Side Games”). The series will debut in the States on July 15.

The Mediapro Studio produced the series, which was developed by popular Argentine screenwriter Eduardo Sacheri, a two-time Argentine Academy Award winner best know for penning the 2009 foreign language Oscar-winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.” It’s showrun and directed by Daniel Calparsoro, who’s features have screening in the main competitions at Venice – “Blinded” and Torino – “Salto al vacío.”

The series is based on the novel “El Fútbol no es Así,” co-written by Laliga president Javier Tebas and author Pedro Torrens. Set in a fictionalized version of a top tier Spanish soccer association, the show turns on a businessman who works his way up to the presidency of a club
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TV News Roundup: ‘T-Pain’s School of Business’ Sets August Premiere

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TV News Roundup: ‘T-Pain’s School of Business’ Sets August Premiere
In today’s roundup, “T-Pain’s School of Business” sets an August 6 premiere on Fuse, and Own greenlights a new talks series.

Executive News

Matt Brodlie is leaving his role as director of original film at Netflix to join the Disney+ content marketing team as senior vice president of international content development. In his new role, Brodlie will lead international content development for Disney+, and will develop the content strategy for all non-us markets.

Dates

Season 2 of “T-Pain’s School of Business” will premiere August 6 on Fuse. The new season of the unscripted original, which follows T-Pain as he showcases young entrepreneurs and startups, will see the rapper eat the first robot-made hamburger at Creator Burger and meet the founders of companies such as Xos Trucks, LogicInk, and Black Santa.

Initiatives

TV Land’s series “Younger” has partnered with The United States of Women to share a PSA in support
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The Mediapro Studio’s Imagina International Sales Unveils MipTV Deals

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The Mediapro Studio’s Imagina International Sales Unveils MipTV Deals
Imagina Intl. Sales, the international distribution arm of TV giant The Mediapro Studio, has clinched a flurry of deals at MipTV on titles from a deep and ranging TV catalog.

Soccer club drama thriller “Side Games” (“Todo por el juego”), a Mediapro co-production with DirecTV Latin America, is continuing to attract interest across the globe, after airing on Movistar + in Spain and Sky Mexico.

The Daniel Calparsoro-directed series, written by “The Secret of Their Eyes” novelist Eduardo Sacheri, has been acquired by Global Content and Pickbox for former-Yugoslav territories. Tlt (LATELETuya) in Venezuela and Tanweer Alliances in Greece have also purchased “Games” rights.

Walter Presents, the joint venture between U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 and Global Series Network and a regular client for Mediapro TV drama content, has inked three Mediapro titles for its service in Belgium: “Locked Up,” “Night and Day” and “Lifeline.”

Produced by Globomedia,
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Spain’s TV Production Boom Sends Ripples Through Industry

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Spain’s TV Production Boom Sends Ripples Through Industry
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 that demonstrated a never-seen-before appetite for Spanish originals.

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.

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.
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Spain’s Mediapro Unveils New Studio, With 34 Series in Production (Exclusive)

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The Mediapro Group – the Barcelona-based multinational – is unveiling The Mediapro Studio, with 34 scripted series already in production worldwide.

The new production company will be based in Fuencarral, northern Madrid, just a few miles from Netflix’s soon-to-open European production hub. It will be overseen by Javier Méndez as chief content officer and by Laura Fernández Espeso and Javier Pons as its joint heads of TV. Mediapro co-founder Jaume Roures and partner Tatxo Benet will serve as its presidents.

The productions going through The Mediapro Studio span titles with HBO, Canal Plus and Sky Italia (“The New Pope”), Disney (“Cazadores de Milagros”), DirecTV Latin America (“Todo por el juego”), Viacom Intl. Studios (“Noobees”), Turner Latin America (“Las Bravas” ), Vice (“Border Republic”) and Amazon Prime Video, which has acquired “Caronte,” produced for Mediaset España.

Other production partners include Mexico’s Televisa, Italy’s Palomar (“270 Days”), Sweden’s Dramacorp (“The Head”), Finland
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Natpe: Mediapro, Televisa Strike Co-Production Alliance (Exclusive)

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Miami — Mediapro, one of Europe’s biggest independent TV groups, and Mexican TV giant Televisa, have inked a multi-year production alliance to co-develop and co-produce a minimum of three drama series aimed at fueling Televisa’s premium programming and output for Mexico and the U.S. but also targeted at worldwide markets.

Linking two of the most powerful production players in the Spanish-speaking world, the alliance between Mediapro Us and Televisa kicks off with “Unwanted,” created by Ran Tellem, an executive producer on “Homeland,” and Spain’s Mariano Baselga (“The Boarding School”); and “Stroke,” from Argentina’s Oficina Burman, headed by writer-director Daniel Burman, a leading light of the New Argentine Cinema.

Announced on the first day of Miami’s Natpe by Patricio Wills, president and studio head of Televisa Studios, and Laura Fernández Espeso, Mediapro director of international content, the alliance runs for three years.

Televisa will carry out physical production in Mexico,
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Mediapro’s Daniel Burman, Ran Tellem, Javier Olivares, Set for Screenwriting Master’s Degree (Exclusive)

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Madrid — Ran Tellem, Daniel Burman and Javier Olivares will tutor or lecture at this year’s first Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and Screenplays, launched by Spain’s Mediapro Group and Madrid’s Complutense University.

Steered by one of Europe’s biggest international fiction creation forces with offices in 35 countries around the world, the initiative will be echoed in one form or another by many of the most forward-looking companies in a new high-end drama series age. That’s because it gives a longterm structural answer to the era’s greatest challenge: Accessing extraordinary writing talent.

Olivares, Tellem and Burman, all of whom hold positions at the Mediapro Group, will be joined by other key showrunners and writers such as Ivan Escobar and Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrosia which have helped establish Spain as one of the major international production hubs for high-end drama series productions watched over the globe.
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Mediapro Enters Animation with Rokyn and ‘Mudanza Dimensional’

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Madrid — Mediapro, one of the biggest independent companies in Europe, is entering animation, partnering with Rokyn Animation, for animated feature “Mudanza Dimensional.”

To be presented at next March’s Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux, the principal European animated feature co-production forum, “Mudanza Dimensional” is written by popular Spanish comedian and actor Joaquín Reyes and Miguel Esteban, creator of the Intl. Emmy-nominated “The End of Comedy.”

Reyes and Esteban will direct with Manuel Sicilia, who was nominated for an Oscar for his short, “The Lady and the Reaper,” and directed and produced two animated features:“The Missing Lynx” and “Justin and the Knights of Valor.”

“Mudanza Dimensional” is produced by Mediapro and Rokyn Animation, founded in 2016, and run by Sicilia and Francesca Nicoll. Their production credits also take in animated omnibus feature ”Extraordinary Tales” and stop-motion TV series “Clay Kids.”

In development, “Mudanza Dimensional” taps into an adventure vibe, turning on nine-year-old “Lali,
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Spain Builds Momentum as a High-End Drama Center

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It’s no coincidence that Netflix chose Madrid for its first European production hub.

Spanish scribe Alex Pina and network Atresmedia created “Money Heist,” Netflix’s most-watched non-English language series ever. Telefonica’s Movistar Plus has partnered with Netflix and is making by far the biggest drive into high-end series of any telco in Europe.

Having produced “Money Heist” and “Velvet,” a huge hit in Latin America, Atresmedia has launched Atresmedia Studios, aimed at producing content for third-party VOD and pay-tv partners worldwide. Its first order, from Movistar Plus, is an emotional thriller called “The Pier” from Vancouver Media’s Pina and Esther Martinez Lobato and will be one of the only two Mipcom world premiere TV screenings.

Meanwhile, “The Young Pope’s” Spanish partner Mediapro has a series in development, “A Dry Run,” with “The Wire’s” David Simon.

There is a sense that Spain is becoming a genuine
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