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The pilgrims of coproduction at Contecta Fiction

Much like the determined pilgrims of Galicia’s famous Camino de Santiago, Spanish-language TV companies in Europe and Latin America were  navigating the terrain of international coproduction at the inaugural Conecta Fiction event last week. Emiliano de Pablos reports from the event. The inaugural edition of Spain’s Conecta Fiction confirmed the growing need for building coproduction […]

Captive audience: the Spanish SVOD boom

Spain’s drama production sector is moving swiftly towards international television’s top tier, fuelled by the SVOD global boom. Emiliano de Pablos reports. Not so long ago, Spain’s TV drama production sector was completely driven by free-to-air TV broadcasters Mediaset España, Atresmedia and state-owned TVE. However, weighty new players, led by telco giant Telefonica’s  pay TV […]

ITV expands This Time Next Year franchise

ITV has greenlit two more seasons of This Time Next Year. This Time Next Year was one of the format hits of 2016, travelling extensively before it even aired on terrestrial broadcaster ITV in the UK. The ‘time-travel’ show will go to two more runs, ITV revealed on Friday at the ITV Studios Formats Festival, […]

Spanish channels launch on UK cable

Spain’s Atresmedia is launching two of its channels on cable in the UK for the first time. The Spanish-language services will target ex-pat Spaniards and Spanish speakers and sit within the Viva package on the Virgin Media cable service. Atresmedia runs the commercial free-to-air Antena 3 channel in Spain and its international equivalent Antena 3 […]

David Attenborough series goes global

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef has landed in 180 territories following natural history broadcaster Attenborough’s 90th birthday. Distributor Entertainment One Television has sold the Atlantic Productions-produced show to Discovery Networks in Latin America, Germany, Portugal; the Netherlands, Spain and Italy; LeTV in China; Atresmedia in Spain; IBA in Israel; BBC Worldwide in Asia and pan-Africa; […]

Roots planted in 50 territories

The remake of epic miniseries Roots has sold into 50 territories. Distributor A+E Networks has closed deals in five continents: Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America. The buyers are SBS in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand; Thai PBS, D’Live in South Korea, Atresmedia for Spanish linear TV and HBO for SVOD; HBO Europe for […]

Spanish body calls for limits on pay TV ads

UTECA, the body that represents Spanish TV commercial terrestrial channels, has called on the next government to limit the amount of advertising on pay TV channels amidst claims that the current rules favour the pay sector. Currently, pay TV channels can air over 12 minutes of advertising per hour, while the free-to-air channels of Atresmedia […]

Formats remain in focus as DRG drops label

DRG has discontinued its DRG Formats label, but the Nice Entertainment Group distributor remains a player in the remakes genre as a batch of new international deals demonstrate. DRG’s finished and format catalogues were merged into one at MIPCOM in October, and a spokesperson today confirmed to TBI the DRG Formats moniker had been dropped. […]

Male-skewed net launches in Spain

Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia has launched its planned new male-focused free-to-air channel Mega, using the frequency previously occupied by football channel GolT. Content on the channel includes iconic 80s science series Cosmos, fronted by Carl Sagan, Bonnie and Clyde and Justified (pictured), as well as some sport content including Champions League football highlights. Mediapro-owned GolT will […]

Holding out for Hierro

Galician thriller Hierro was named best project at the Berlinale’s first CoPro Series pitching competition in February. TBI reports on what the award means for its international prospects. Galician-created drama Hierro competed at Berlinale’s CoPro Series 2015 and beat four other finalists, in the process winning an invitation to participate this month at Series Mania, […]