HBO alums Johnathan Young & Ioanina Pavel launch May One


Former HBO Europe duo Johnathan Young and Ioanina Pavel have launched a new Romanian production outfit, with a Netflix project already under its belt.

May One aims to produce TV drama in Romania for local and international audiences from its base in Bucharest.

It is currently working on Netflix drama Subteran, which was unveiled last year and which is being produced with Tudor Reu of Mobra Films.

Young was most recently VP of original production at HBO Europe, working on shows including Wataha (aka The Pack) and Hackerville, while Pavel started in development and rose to become a producer for the division.

Both left the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned entity when it was disbanded by the US studio, as revealed by TBI.

Young said: “Romania is a hot-bed for creativity and the country provides an enticing and fascinating backdrop for TV.

“With our knowledge and network in this vibrant, exciting space we want to be a hub for local talent, to attract collaborations and create high-quality drama that brings a different flavour to international audiences.”

Pavel added: “Here in Romania we have ideas that won’t be found anywhere else, and the creative talent to back them up. Our aim is to elevate these for local and global audiences, tapping into our unique vision and landscape to create bold, genre shows that feel unique and distinctive, but have broad appeal.”

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