Globomedia co-founder creates drama unit

A cofounder of Globomedia, Daniel Écija, is creating a ‘fiction factory’ within the Spanish-language production giant. Écija’s production division launches with an exclusive, five-year agreement in place with Mediapro Group-owned Globomedia. Écija is one of Spain’s best-known showrunners, having worked up Globomedia-produced scripted series including Family Doctor, The Serranos, Paco’s Men and The Boat. His new […]

Spanish net remaking Turkish drama The End

Spanish commercial broadcaster Telecinco has ordered a local version of well-travelled Turkish scripted format The End. The Spanish series will be titled El Accidente and goes on air next year, with Globomedia attached to produce, as previously reported. This is the third European remake of the crime drama. In the Netherlands, Vlucht HS13 (Flight HS13) […]

Netflix original to US broadcast TV for first time

Netflix has struck a deal with Univision for drug drama Narcos, marking the first time an original series from the SVOD platform will air on US broadcast television. The deal, part of wider coproduction pact announced yesterday, is significant as Netflix’s original programming is considered by many to be the biggest emerging threat to broadcast […]

Three to watch from Spain

A trio of Spanish primetime dramas are set to make international headlines. Spain’s TV advertising slump has hit local fiction budgets hard, but with US imports banished from the primetime schedules of the main broadcasters, local drama continues to connect strongly with audiences. In the cutthroat world of Spanish free TV primetime, three new series […]

Mediaset struggles in Italy, Spain picks up

Mediaset’s Spanish unit lifted the media giant’s financials for 2014 against the background of continued challenges in the Italian market, according to Mediaset’s preliminary results. Mediaset posted net revenues of €3.41 billion (US$3.45 billion) for the full year, marginally down on the 2013 figure. Revenues in Italy fell from €2.59 billion to €2.48 billion, while […]

Armoza’s I Can do That! sells to Spain

Armoza-distributed format I Can Do That! has been acquired by Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Telecinco. The Spanish version of the show, in which celebrities undertake show-stopping features and challenges, will be made by Banijay’s production company Cuarzo. The show will bow on Telecinco later this year. The Spanish deal follows agreements announced last week in Belgium, […]

Imagina launching Russian Boat, Czech Manor House

Spanish distributor Imagina International is launching scripted format The Boat and Czech drama The Manor House (pictured) at the upcoming NATPE programming market. It distributes the original, Spanish, versions of The Boat and is now launching the Russian-language version, which went out on free-to-air channel CTC in Russia. The Manor House is a Czech murder-mystery […]

Arte gets on board Spanish adventure drama series Alatriste

Franco-German cultural broadcaster Arte has joined upcoming Spanish period drama series Alatriste as a coproduction partner, TBI has learned. Arte will serve as the French/German copro partner on the Tudors-esque series, which is being produced by DLO and Germany’s Beta Film for Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Telecinco. Set in early seventeenth century Madrid, the drama will […]

Mediaset suffers historic first loss

European media giant Mediaset suffered a net loss of €287.1 million (US$369 million) last year as effects of the economic recessions in Italy and Spain kicked in. The Silvio Berlusconi-owned company, which operates market leading channels such as Canale 5 in Italy and Telecinco in Spain, pointed to a combined advertising revenue drop in the […]