TBI Weekly: What happens to The Weinstein Company?

This week was undoubtedly dominated by news that Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company (TWC), after multiple allegations of sexual assault. The move to fire Weinstein was supported by all directors of TWC including Weinstein’s brother Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar. However, the […]

Captive audience: the Spanish SVOD boom

Spain’s drama production sector is moving swiftly towards international television’s top tier, fuelled by the SVOD global boom. Emiliano de Pablos reports. Not so long ago, Spain’s TV drama production sector was completely driven by free-to-air TV broadcasters Mediaset España, Atresmedia and state-owned TVE. However, weighty new players, led by telco giant Telefonica’s  pay TV […]

ProSiebenSat.1, TVE check in to Hotel Römantiek

Major European broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and TVE have ordered remakes of Belgian format Hotel Römantiek. Both networks have acquired the format from Brussels-based vendor The New Flemish Primitives (TNFP). The show launched in Belgium on SBS Broadcasting-owned Vier, and has since consistently drawn ratings 70% above slot average for 18-54s, according to TNFP. A second season […]

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 […]

TVE names new acquisitions chief

Spanish pubcaster TVE has confirmed the appointment of Milagros Mayi as director of acquisitions. This comes after the RTVE board of directors approved the appointment in May. Last year, TBI reported that Juan Ignacio Jiménez Gargantilla had left the acquisitions chief post. The new incumbent has been with TVE, the TV division of RTVE, since […]

Televisa SVOD net takes Imira package

Televisa’s Latin American SVOD service, Blim, has bought eight children’s series from Spanish distributor Imira Entertainment. The deal hands the platform the Imira-produced Lucky Fred (pictured), Lola & Virginia, Sandra the Fairytale Detective, Aurora World’s Yoohoo & Friends, SpeedRacer Next Generation from Imira parent Toonz Entertainment, Zodiak Kids’ Martin Mystery, Xilam’s A Kind of Magic, […]

Foxtel buys doc from rebranded Espresso

Australia pay TV service Foxtel has acquired space documentary Is Anybody Out There? from the newly-rebranded Espresso Media International. The doc will debut on Foxtel-operated factual net History HD tomorrow at 8.30pm following the agreement. The 1x52mins programme, which has aired on TVE in Spain, explores the age-old question of whether humans are alone in […]

Global Screen shops wartime series to b’casters

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired Naked Among Wolves, the German TV movie is an adaptation of the German author Bruno Apitz novel. Spanish pubcaster TVE has snagged the show, which follows a concentration camp prisoner’s attempts to hide a young Jewish boy. In Italy, the country’s largest commercial TV group, Mediaset has acquired […]

Turtles, Dora spread in Lat Am, Europe

Viacom International Media Networks properties Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer: Into the City have sold to broadcasters around the world. Turtles seasons one and two have gone to China’s TianJinShi Team Shine Culture Communication Co. and will launch on Kaku Kids for Beijing Television and Jiajia Cartoon Channel with Guangdong Jia Jia […]

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 […]

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