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21st January 2019

FIFA awards MEDIAPRO media rights to the 2022 Fifa World Cup Qatar
A dedicated channel with 24/7 programming will be created for the event / The agreement also includes the media rights to the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 as well as certain other FIFA events

FIFA has awarded MEDIAPRO the rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is to be held in Qatar between November 21st and December 18th, a change in calendar that shifts the date of the competition to a period of the year in which television consumption by audiences is traditionally high.

The celebration of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in the months of November and December marks a new era in FIFA World Cup history. The shift in schedule will ensure a greater following and impact on TV, coinciding with the general break for national league competitions when all supporters' eyes will be focused on the competition in Qatar.

MEDIAPRO will guarantee the best and most complete coverage of the largest single-sport event on the planet by creating a dedicated 24/7 channel in Spain for the FIFA World Cup. In addition to the broadcast of the tournament matches, the channel will offer an all-around programming schedule with analysis, news, interviews, training sessions, press conferences and historic matches.

The agreement with FIFA also includes the broadcasting rights to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 taking place in France this summer (June 7th to July 7th), in line with the Group's strategic commitment to promoting and developing women's football and providing visibility for its competitions. The Spanish national team qualified for the competition in Group B together with Germany, China PR and South Africa.

Moreover, the deal includes the acquisition of the broadcasting rights to a series of other FIFA events in the 2019-2022 cycle, including the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland (May-June 2019), FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru (October 2019), the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay (November 2019), the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania (September-October 2020).

21st January 2019

“Detrás del muro” (Behind the Wall), an in-depth and personal story of migration to the US
A documentary from the crew of “El Intermedio” in collaboration with Save the Children

Donald Trump has made the building of a wall with Mexico the focal point of his term in office, while he continues to criminalize the thousands of migrants trying to cross the border into the United Sates.

“Detrás del muro”, a project from the crew of “El Intermedio” in collaboration with Save the Children, premieres on laSexta this coming Tuesday, January 22 in the prime-time slot.

Produced by Globomedia, the documentary puts a more human face on migration by introducing us to the true protagonists of this phenomenon, many of whom are minors.

Directed by Fernando González, ‘Gonzo’, and Carmen Aguilera, the documentary strips the data bare to reveal the actual individuals and hear in their own words the tale of what drives this phenomenon. Marcos, Lesbia, Yooselin, José, Wendy and Janet give first-hand accounts of how they have been pushed to embark on this treacherous journey fleeing the poverty and violence afflicting their homelands, the difficulties they encounter along their path to the US, and their hopes, often shattered.

Gonzo chose to find out who is really behind this wall, accompanying the migrants on the trail from Guatemala to the US border, one of the busiest and most dangerous routes in the world. The stories that the journalist discovered along the way constitute this up-close and personal feature filled with dreams and hopes, but also frustration and violence.

A crew from the "El Intermedio" programme travelled from Spain to spend a month in the field, with the support of Save the Children, accompanying Central American children and migrant families to the USA in search of the American dream. The team crossed the border between Guatemala and Mexico along the Suchiate River and travelled through Mexico from the state of Chiapas to Sonora, where the border town of Nogales marks the end of a long and arduous journey.

Along the way we also encounter other individuals who comprise the full family photo of migration: NGO workers, direct witnesses of the drama; or the "coyotes", who exploit the desperation of those yearning to cross over to the other side. And in the background, the roar of “la bestia” (the beast), a cargo train covering the 4,000-kilometre trip from northern to southern Mexico, which for only the most desperate and helpless, is their last flicker of hope.

21st January 2019

GOL to cover the debut of the Spanish hockey team in the FIH Pro League
The channel is set to broadcast Spain’s first game against Belgium and the match between Great Britain and Holland

This Saturday at 13:00 GOL viewers will get the chance to see the Spanish men’s hockey team take on Belgium in their FIH Pro League debut, a new global competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Upcoming matches which will also feature on the channel are Spain’s game against Great Britain on the 25th January and their game against Holland on the 15th February.

The world’s best hockey is set to be covered on GOL with the channel offering Spain’s debut in a new, ground-breaking competition which will cross the globe visiting a host of different venues of the world’s best hockey playing nations. The hosts against the world champions is the kick-off game for the pioneering competition which will also be part of the Olympic Games qualifying process.

The matches will feature commentary from Ferran Martínez with expert from Edi Tubau. Viewers will be able to interact with the broadcasts via social media with the #HockeyEnGol hashtag.

Fans of the very competition will be able to enjoy a new sport with the addition of Grass hockey to the GOL programming schedule.

21st January 2019

“El Conquistador del Pacífico” beats all-comers with a 24.7 % share
The highest audience figures for the reality adventure show in the last seven years

The 15th edition of “El Conquistador” debuted with an impressive 24% share (168,000 viewers) on the 14th January. The reality show posted a 24.7% share, its best figures in the last seven years and an accumulated audience of 334,000 viewers in the Basque Country and its area of influence.

Last Monday night’s broadcast of the adventure reality show produced by Hostoil was the most watched show of the current 2018/2019 season on ETB2, as well as being the most watched over the day in the Basque Country beating even the news programmes. No other channel was able to come close to “El Conquistador’s” numbers: over its broadcast slot (22:45-24:14), ETB2 (24%) was 13 percentage points ahead of its nearest competitor.

After the gala presentation of this year’s contestants on the 7th January, the show for real kicked off from the Las Perlas Islands in Panama, the site chosen for the new edition of the show “El Conquistador del Pacífico”. The first broadcast of the new season saw an 8.1 percentage jump and 68,000 more viewers than the presentation show the week before (15.9% share and 100,000 viewers).

By target audiences, “El Conquistador del Pacífico” was the most watched programme in its broadcast slot by both male viewers (21.7%) and female viewers (25.7%), as well as across all age group. It was the runaway winner with share of 60% plus in the 4-12 age category (64.3%) and young viewers 13 to 24 (63.8%), it was close to the 30% benchmark for viewers between the ages of 25 and 44 (27.7%) and close to 20% among adults between the ages of 45 and 64 (20%) and over 64’s (19.5%). The reality show’s dominance on ETB2 was also clear in the coveted advertisers’ audience segment: from 16 to 54 (25.5%), the Adult Core TC (33.5%), house-wives (26.6%) as well as the TC Pulsa segment (20.1%).

The new edition has been providing maximum excitement since the launch of "El Conquistador del Pacífico". The island Paradise of Las Perlas was the site for the first of the challenges, the game of cannon immunity and the three teams, angosó (vulture blue), beda kayirua (shark red) and je (snake green) which saw the contestants having to swim as fast as they could across the blue waters of the Pacific to get to Bartholomew Island without knowing what awaited them and with no captain, a key piece to a successful mission.

21st January 2019

 “All or Nothing: Manchester City”, a MEDIAPRO production for Amazon, nominated for Best Documentary at the National Film Awards
The MEDIAPRO Group production for Amazon Prime focuses on the day-to-day at the Club managed by Pep Guardiola

“All or Nothing: Manchester City”, produced by the MEDIAPRO Group for Amazon Prime in collaboration with Manchester City, IMG and Film45, has been nominated for the National Film Awards in the Best Documentary category. The 8-episode documentary-series, directed by Manuel Huerga, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the historic club and its charismatic coach Pep Guardiola, in what has been a record-breaking season for the English Club. The series is narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley.

The ceremony of the fifth Annual National Film Awards, based on a public voting system, will be held on March 27 in London.

The MEDIAPRO Group is a world leader in multimedia content, specialising in content integration, production and distribution. Their products have been successful in the prime time of the main Spanish channels for over 20 years and their productions are present on all the latest platforms. The Group's content division develops, creates, produces and distributes content of all genres and in all formats for television, cinema or exhibitions. The Group also produces content in the United States, Portugal, Argentina and the Middle East working with directors such as Woody Allen, Fernando León Aranoa, Isabel Coixet, Patricio Guzmán, Manuel Huerga, Roman Polanski, Ernesto Daranas and Gaston Duprat, among others. TV fiction from creators such as Ran Tellem, David Simon, Paolo Sorrentino, Daniel Calparsoro, Daniel Écija, Javier Olivares, Fernando González Molina, Eduardo Sacheri, Michel Gaztambide, Àlex and David Pastor, Daniel Burman and Esty Quesada.

Several of the Group’s recent projects produced for Netflix (“Edha”, “Bomb Scared”), Amazon (“Six Dreams” and “All or Nothing: Manchester City”), DirectTV (“Side Games”), Fox (“Locked Up”), Turner (“Vote Juan”) and Viacom (“N00Bees”). Currently, the MEDIAPRO Content Division is involved in projects with HBO (“The New Pope”), YLE (“The Paradise”), Turner and Disney (“Miracle Hunters”), among others. Recently, the company announced agreements with VICE Studios and Pol-ka.

With an outstanding presence in the main film festivals, MEDIAPRO productions have won 2 Oscars and received 3 nominations, 2 Golden Globes, 1 BAFTA, 2 Independent Spirit, 1 Vulcain Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, 1 Silver Bear at the Berlinale, 28 Goya and 1 Golden Shell from the San Sebastian Film Festival.




21st January 2019

Luis Milla, joins the beIN LaLiga and LaLiga TV commentary teams
The coach and former FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia CF play is set to provide tactical match analysis for beIN LaLiga’s high-profile games

beIN LaLiga has added Luis Milla to its commentary team for its high-profile match coverage as well as joining the “Xtra” analysis team, the match-preview show which brings viewers all the latest pre-game news live from the ground along with comprehensive match-day updates.

In addition, the former Spanish under-21’s coach and former FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia CF player will also provide commentary for Real Madrid games and other big matches on LaLiga TV, the only channel where viewers can see LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa del Rey, LaLiga 1|2|3, la Liga Iberdrola games and other competitions in bars and public places.

Luis Milla, with vast knowledge of the Spanish league with a long track record as both a player and a trainer, is looking forward to bringing viewers insight into team tactics and comprehensive match analysis.

As a player, Luis played for FC Barcelona for 6 seasons before signing for Real Madrid, where he played for 7 years. He finished his career at Valencia CF where he played for 4 seasons. As a trainer, he was the Spanish under-21’s coach for two years and managed CD Lugo over the 2015/2016 season.


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