The Spanish pay TV and SVOD operator is moving heavily into original drama and will sink €70 million a year into scripted.
It has now got sales partners for three upcoming projects: Sky Vision will distribute La Peste, Beta will distribute La Zona and About Premium Content will distribute Gigantes.
Movistar+ is owned by telco Telefónica and Telefónica Group Latin American television operations will have preferential options to buy the series in question.
“For La Peste, La Zona and Gigantes, three of our flagship projects, the choice of a distributor to market each title has not been an easy task,” said Domingo Corral, Movistar+ original programming managing director.
“We have assessed several factors such as experience, solvency or international penetration capacity, but what tipped the balance was witnessing how each one of the Corporations fell in love with their respective projects.”
“On La Peste, Domingo Corral and his team at Movistar+, have assembled an incredible creative team with a proven track record,” said Jane Millichip, Sky Vision managing director. “The writing partnership of Alberto Rodriguez and Rafael Cobos, has once again delivered a deeply engaging story which delivers a thriller of scale, a pungent sense of the past, and a modernity that will satisfy today’s audience.”
Beta Film’s executive VP acquisitions & sales Christian Gockel said: “We believe that La Zona is one of the most exciting shows coming from Spain this year. The international market is high demanding innovative and unusual shows. La Zona being an eco- crime-thriller with strong character plot´s and mainly exteriors shootings do the unusual high budget will for sure catch viewers around the globe.”
Emmanuelle Guilbart, APC joint CEO & founder said: “Telefonica is in our view about to change the game radically in the Spanish TV drama landscape. As international distributor of Gigantes we are closely associated to this impressive ambition which makes us really proud and delighted.”