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Movistar+ crosses Bridge with multi-genre original

Telefonica’s Spanish pay TV platform, Movistar+, has commissioned Endemol Shine Iberia-owned Zeppelin TV to create an experimental cross-genre series. El Puente (The Bridge) will air on Movistar+’s exclusive network #0, and is billed as a “docu-style reality” series that will combine elements of the adventure format, documentary and scripted storytelling. Spanish news anchor Paula Vázquez […]

HBO Spain hires original programming chief

HBO is preparing original programming for its new Spanish service and has hired Miguel Salvat from Movistar to lead the charge. Salvat will oversee original programming out of the Spanish market, reporting to Antony Root, executive VP, original programming and production, HBO Europe. “I am thrilled that an industry professional of Miguel’s stature will be […]

HBO launches in Spain with Nick and Disney fare

HBO has launched its Spanish service. HBO España is currently available exclusively to Vodafone customers in the country through a deal struck in May. The service will offer HBO’s series including Game of Thrones (top), Westworld (below), Veep, and SiliconValley, Sex and the City, The Sopranos and The Wire, but will also serve up content from […]

Raft of Secret Life of 4 Year Olds deals

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds format has been picked up by broadcasters across Europe. The format observes a group of 4 year olds in detail, showing how they play and interact with each other in a real nursery setting. The show was created by UK prodco RDF, which is part of the Banijay […]

Sky buys Belgian drama for UK, Germany

Sky has picked Public Enemy, taking the Belgian drama for its Sky Atlantic channels in the UK and Germany. The French-language series was produced by Belgian prodcos Entre Chien et Loup and Playtime Films for pubcaster RTBF. It is distributed by Zodiak Rights, which struck the Sky deal. It has also shopped the series to […]

Showtime cable net cuts landmark Spanish deal

Movistar will be the exclusive Spanish home of Showtime series after the pay TV platform inked an exclusive deal with the US cable net. Showtime, which is owned by CBS, has similar agreements in place with Sky in the UK, Bell Media in Canada and Stan in Australia. The Spanish deal means shows including Billions […]

Telefónica’s Movistar orders original drama

Telefónica is ramping up its investment in original content following the launch of Netflix in Spain earlier this year. The telco’s premium TV service, Movistar+ is commissioning a drama series based on the 2010 best-selling novel Dime Quién Soy by Julia Navarro. The series will be a produced jointly by Movistar and DLO Productions’ José Manuel Lorenzo, […]

Canal+ name to go as Telefónica rebrands nets

Telefónica is rebranding its Spanish Canal+ channels in a move that will see the Canal+ brand disappear from Spain, to be replaced by a portfolio of channels that carry the Movistar brand used by the telco for its domestic business. The rebranding exercise, which is taking place a year after the acquisition of the Canal+ […]

Telefonica buys StudioCanal drama package

Telefonica has acquired a package of drama series from StudioCanal for its Spanish pay TV and SVOD services. The titles included are predominantly originally English-language, with Section Zéro (pictured), the new series from Braquo creator Olivier Marchal, the exception. Other titles include novelist Harlan Coben’s mystery drama The Five, which debuted on Sky in the […]

A (Movi)star is born

A new player is joining Europe’s top drama producers: Spain’s leading pay TV platform Movistar Plus has committed to launching eight original series a year, starting in 2017. Domingo Corral, Movistar Plus’ original production director, tells TBI about this strategic bet. Movistar Plus’ premium TV fiction foray kicked off in January when Alberto Rodríguez’s La Peste (The […]