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Telefónica, Atresmedia launch joint studio to take Spanish drama global

Spanish telco Telefónica and commercial broadcaster Atresmedia have been given the greenlight by the European Commission to launch a new studio joint venture focused on creating Spanish-language programming. Buendía Estudios is a 50:50 JV between the pair and will focus on producing content in Spanish for the global market. The two companies said that Buendia […]

Spain’s Movistar+ links with Telemundo in US for ‘Dime Quién Soy’

Banijay Group-owned Spanish prodco DLO Producciones, Telefónica-owned SVOD service Movistar+ and NBCUniversal’s broadcaster Telemundo are collaborating on an adaptation of Julia Navarro’s novel Dime Quién Soy (Tell Me Who I Am).  The 9 x 50-minute original scripted series will be released this autumn and will air on Movistar+ in Spain and Telemundo in the US. […]

O2 & Virgin Media confirm merger, plan to invest $12bn on ‘converged platform’

Telefonica and Liberty Global have confirmed the merger of their UK operations. The 50-50 merger will see Telefonica’s O2 and Liberty Global’s Virgin Media come together under one roof to create what the companies say will be a “a stronger fixed and mobile competitor in the UK market.” The deal, expected to close in the […]

Movistar strikes exclusive distribution deal for Disney+ in Spain

Disney has signed an exclusive deal with Telefónica for its Movistar service to distribute Disney+ in Spain. The announcement is not a surprise, given Telefónica’s long-standing relationship with Disney, during which the Mouse House has launched a dedicated Movistar channel along with pop-ups for Disney-Pixar and VOD content. The latter will now be a part […]

European networks land on BBC’s ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’

SVT in Sweden, Denmark’s DR, Telefonica in Spain and Norway’s NRK are among a raft of broadcasters to have struck pre-sale deals for BBC Studios’ natural history show Seven Worlds, One Planet. The show, which has been created by BBCS’ Natural History Unit and is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, has also been picked up […]

Telefónica, Atresmedia join forces for content powerhouse

Spanish telco Telefónica and La casa de papel broadcast group Atresmedia are joining forces for a new content firm.  Each business will jointly own the new outfit, leaning into their respective connections to talent and resources. It will both produce and distribute original series and films for the likes of Movistar+ and Atresmedia’s portfolio of […]

Telefonica’s Movistar+ unveils response to Netflix Spain expansion

Telefonica’s Spanish premium PayTV service Movistar+ has unveiled a strategic alliance at MIPTV with Germany-based studio Beta Film. Under the terms of the ambitious partnership, the companies will produce a substantial, annual number of productions across a variety of genres, budgets and settings. These will be aired on Movistar+ in Spain and distributed worldwide by Beta […]

Telefónica: Netflix integration, a new kids app and 4K box rollout

Telefónica is to integrate Netflix in its TV service by the end of the year as part of a series of measures to boost its TV offering. The telco has also committed to revamp its service with the rollout of new set-tops and its Aura voice assistant, as well as the deployment of a new […]

Telefonica and Netflix form global partnership

Telefonica and Netflix have announced a global partnership to integrate Netflix’s service into Telefonica’s TV and video platforms in Europe and Latin America. The deal was announced via a video posted to Twitter, which featured Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Telefonica executive chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete confirming rumours of the deal and signing the contract. “This […]

Viacom plans direct-to-consumer streaming service

Viacom has revealed plans to launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service later this year. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco, Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish said that the new service would draw from more than 10,000 hours of library content. “We’re going to implement [the service] on a […]

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