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Mediapro hails ‘record year’

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has hailed 2016 as “its best year in history” after posting solid revenue and EBITDA numbers, and has forecast stronger growth this year. Mediapro also said it intends to invest further in the digital arena, particular eSports. It highlighted its significant investment in eSports league the Liga de Videojuegos Profesional […]

BBCWW takes Bowie film global

HBO has bought David Bowie: The Last Five Years, the BBC feature doc about the iconic rock star who died last year. In the wake of the US deal, BBC Worldwide also told TBI about a raft of sales for the film across Europe and further afield, with ABC Australia, Arte and Viacom among the […]

Telefónica aims to be ‘top Spanish-language TV producer’

Telefónica España CEO Luis Miguel Gilpérez has said that the telco aims to be the biggest global producer of original TV content in Spanish globally and that original TV content – combined with connectivity – will be key to driving the next phase of growth in the pay TV market. Gilpérez’s comments were made as […]

Telefónica makes eSports move

Telefónica España has signed a strategic agreement with electronic sports giant ESL to develop a platform with exclusive content for the Movistar+ premium pay TV offering. Telefónica is also investing in a dedicated eSports content platform and will also create a professional eSports club – Movistar Riders ­– in Spain. Telefónica said that the deal […]

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 […]

Viacom pays $345m for Telefe

US media giant Viacom has confirmed it is buying Telefe, paying US$345 million for Argentinian commercial free-to-air broadcaster. The deal has been in the works for months, with Viacom ultimately beating off rivals such as Turner to acquire the Telefónica-owned network. Viacom will pay Telefónica US$345 million in cash for the channel, which is lower […]

Telcos are ‘taking over pay TV’

Telecoms companies will account for over half of all pay TV subscriptions in Western Europe and Lat-Am within five years, according to new research. Research house Ovum forecasts that over a quarter of all global pay TV subs will be through telcos, with additions largely going to be driven by organic expansion of IPTV services. […]

Time Warner, Viacom circle $400m Telefe

Time Warner and Viacom are the big-name media groups assessing offers to buy Argentinian free TV broadcaster, according to The Wall Street Journal. An offer of around US$400 million would entice current owner Telefónica to sell, the report claims. Time Warner already has a successful pay TV business in Latin America through its Turner and […]