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Conecta Fiction: Roberto Rios, Miguel Salvat Talk HBO’s Latin American, Spanish Production

  • Variety
Pamplona, Spain — Few events were more anticipated at Conecta Fiction than the joint keynote delivered by HBO Latin America’s Roberto Ríos and HBO España’s Miguel Salvat. The room was packed,some attendees caught it from a screen outside.

That’s a sign of the draw of HBO’s brand in Spanish-language programming and of Ríos and Salvat. When it comes to Spanish-language premium TV series both executives are pioneers and now institutions. Ríos’ credits at HBO date back at least to the 2008-released “Alice” and Season 2 of “Epitafios,” produced with Pol-ka, the first ever premium limited TV series in Spanish bowing way back in 2003.

Salvat was the driving force behind two of Spain’s very first scripted premium series: “Whatever Happened to Jorge Sanz?” and “Crematorium,” released at Canal Plus España over 2010-11.

One of the keys to understanding a Svod platform is its slate of projects in productions,
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Movistar + Moves Into Original Film With Alejandro Amenábar’s Next Project (Exclusive)

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Movistar +, the high-flying pay-tv division of Telefonica, one of Europe’s biggest telecoms, is powering into original film production with a project by Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar (“The Others”).

The move is aimed at driving up subscriptions at Telefonica’s mobile and fiber-optic services in the Spanish-speaking world. But it also marks a potential milestone in the Spanish-language movie industry as Movistar + takes the lead on productions of big films that few other companies have the money or commercial logic to create.

Movistar +’s original films could prove catnip for Hollywood, which has seen big Spanish-language titles backed by broadcast networks Mediaset España and Atresmedia sometimes outearn Hollywood studio releases in Spain.

Movistar +’s inaugural film is “Mientras dure la guerra” by Amenábar, who directed “The Others” with Nicole Kidman, “Agora” with Rachel Weisz, and Oscar-winning “The Sea Inside” with Javier Bardem. Amenábar’s last movie in Spanish was
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Teresa Fernández Valdés: ‘Fariña,’ Bambu, Making Women’s Dramas

  • Variety
Cannes — The ‘80s-set true-life “Fariña – Snow On the Atlantic,” the latest drama from Bambu Producciones’ Teresa Fernández Valdés turns on how humble fishermen in Galicia, North-West Spain, turned into drug lords, importing 80% of Europe’s cocaine.

In one scene in the Atresmedia original series, sold by Beta Film, wannabe drug baron Sito Miñanco finally makes it onto the board of Galicia’s tobacco contraband cartel. Just a few years back, you’d imagine this scene coming in Ep. 3 or 4 of the series. The scene in fact takes place two thirds if the way through Ep. 1.

Packed into the first episode are Sito’s rise to local smuggler clan overlord; a family feud; his first contacts with a Panama drug cartel; the disintegration of his marriage; a snitch’s threat of exposure.

In another scene, the cigarette smugglers joke about upcoming local elections. The cartel should cough up some money to back their party’s candidates,
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