Spain’s Mediapro hires Johnstone from GroupM

Fast-growing Spanish production and distribution group Mediapro has recruited Stephen Johnstone to run its UK operation. Johnstone joins from GroupM, the media agency and now producer, where he was director of entertainment for EMEA. He will be based in London in his new role. “This is a really competitive market, but we think we still […]

Mediapro makes eSports move

Spanish programmer Mediapro has taken a majority stake in Fandroid, the creator of the Spanish Liga de VideoJuegos Profesional (LVP) as part of move to professionalise and develop eSports in the country. The LVP has over 250,000 registered users in the country and is expected to attract a total audience of over ten million unique […]

Mediapro appoints international content chief

Laura Fernández Espeso has been appointed head of international content at Spanish channel operator, producer and distributor Mediapro. Fernández Espeso was previously at Mediapro production division Globomedia. Having moved to parent group Mediapro, she will oversee the company’s international strategy, including international coproduction, in-house programming, and, through Imagina International, international sales. Mediapro recently raised capital, […]

Burman teams with Mediapro

Spain-based channel operator and producer Mediapro is teaming with Daniel Burman’s Argentina-based prodco, and the pair will work up new projects for the international market. Burman, via his Oficina Burman banner, is one of Argentina’s top TV and film producers. With Mediapro, owner of the La Sexta channel in Spain, he will develop new TV […]

Mediapro hires Homeland exec Ran Tellem

Mediapro has hired long time Keshet programming executive Ran Tellem as the Spanish production and distribution group seeks to bolster its content division. Tellem, who was vice president for programming and content at Israeli broadcaster Keshet before leaving last year, will work with Mediapro’s various prodcos and its international sales arm, Imagina. The programming exec […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part III

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action!   In a fragmented market, what is the most fruitful way to source IP?   Have you got a idea burning away, […]

Mediapro raises €306m

Channel operator and production group Mediapro has secured a €306 million (US$351.7 million) loan, which will be used to service existing debt and on geographical expansion. The Barcelona-based business, which runs the La Sexta channel among others, said it had been able to secure the cash after 12 months of strong performance. The company will […]

Telefónica scores €600m La Liga deal

Telefónica has struck a €600 million (US$664.8 million) deal with Spain’s La Liga to secure pay TV rights to top-flight Spanish football for the 2015-16 season. The deal gives Telefónica exclusive rights to the Liga BBVA, Liga Adelante and Copa del Rey matches, except the final. In selling the rights for the next season only, […]

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 […]

Fox names Iberia boss

Fox International Channels has promoted Vera Pinto Pereira to managing director of FIC Spain and Iberia. The appointment comes a year after she joined FIC as COO for Southern Europe and Africa from Portuguese pay TV platform MEO. Adam Theiler, FIC’s executive VP for Southern Europe and Africa, has been overseeing the FIC Spain and […]