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19th October 2020

Filming gets underway on "The Good Boss", the film that reunites Fernando León de Aranoa and Javier Bardem in a REPOSADO P.C. and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO co-production
The team behind "Mondays in The Sun" reconvenes 18 years later on another project dealing with the world of industrial relations, only this time in a savage and hilarious satire featuring a family business owner

Other cast members include Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor, Oscar de la Fuente, Sonia Almarcha, Fernando Albizu, Tarik Rmili, Rafa Castejón, Celso Bugallo, Martín Páez and Yael Belicha

The movie will be shot on location in Madrid, Mostoles, and other venues around the Autonomous Community

This week sees the beginning of filming on "The Good Boss", the latest film from Fernando León de Aranoa, starring Javier Bardem in a co-production of REPOSADO P.C. and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, which means the reuniting 18 years on of the same team behind "Monday in the Sun", a movie which won the Golden Shell at the 2002 San Sebastián International Film Festival and 5 Goya Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Bardem.

"The Good Boss" is the reverse angle shot of "Mondays in the Sun", which focused on the issue of unemployment whereas here, Aranoa deals with the precarious landscape of employment using similar aesthetic and narrative keys. A choral tale woven from stories that strangely intertwine and interact, intersected by Blanco's seductive personality as the owner of a family business. Javier Bardem stars in this tragicomic tale, a comedy that takes a fierce and comical look at personal and industrial relations in the company of 50 employees.

Joining Bardem in the sizable cast are other well-known faces, including Manolo Solo ("The Fury of a Patient Man" – Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor, "Marshland", "The Plague"), Almudena Amor ("La abuela"), Oscar de la Fuente ("The Silence of The Marsh", "The Candidate", "The Barrier"), Sonia Almarcha ("Veronica", "The Candidate", "Amador"), Fernando Albizu ("70 Big Ones", "Fat People", "White Lines"), Tarik Rmili ("La Unidad", "Victim Nº 8"), Rafa Castejón ("Cuento de verano", "Frozen Silence"), Celso Bugallo ("The Sea Inside", "Mondays in The Sun"), Martín Páez y Yael Belicha ("Vamos Juan", "Vota Juan[DM1] ").

Filming, which is entirely on location in the autonomous community of Madrid, of "The Good Boss" is scheduled to be completed in December


"The Good Boss" is Fernando León de Aranoa's tenth film in the director's chair and the fifth movie produced jointly in association with his own company Reposado P.C. and The Mediapro Studio after "Princesas" (3 Goya Awards including Best Actress for Candela Peña), "Amador" (2010), documentary "Politics, Instructions Manual" and "A Perfect Day" (2015), starring Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins which won a Goya Award for Best Screenplay. This is also the third collaboration between Fernando León de Aranoa and Javier Bardem, following the aforementioned "Mondays in The Sun" and "Loving Pablo" (Venice 2017 Official Selection).

The film is scheduled to go on release in the fall of 2021 with mk2 Films in charge of the movie's international distribution.

Plot
A company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town awaits an imminent visit from a committee which holds their fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local Business Excellence award: everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, the company's proprietor, Blanco (Bardem) does his all to iron out his employees' issues, crossing every imaginable line in the process, which sets off an explosive and unexpected sequence of events with incalculable consequences.

15th October 2020

Filming wraps on "Official Competition", the movie directed by Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat Starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas & Oscar Martínez produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO

It's a wrap for filming on the movie "Official Competition", a THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO production directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat ("The Distinguished Citizen", "My Masterpiece", "4x4", "The Man Next Door") and written by the two acclaimed Argentine filmmakers together with Andrés Duprat.

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO presents the first images from the filming, which began last February and restarted in September after the interruption due to the coronavirus. These images are taken from this first pre-covid stage of filming.

Starring PENÉLOPE CRUZ (winner of an Oscar® for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" by Woody Allen and produced by MEDIAPRO, and Best Actress at Cannes for "Volver" by Pedro Almodóvar), ANTONIO BANDERAS (Best Actor award at Cannes for Almodóvar's "Pain & Glory" and OSCAR MARTÍNEZ (Best Actor Award at Venice Film Festival for "The Distinguished Citizen", also by Cohn and Duprat).

Other cast members of "Official Competition" include José Luis Gómez, Nagore Aramburu, Irene Escolar, Manolo Solo and Pilar Castro, with this being the third movie produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO with the renowned Argentinian directors Cohn and Duprat on the heels of "My Masterpiece" and "4x4".

The film also includes the collaboration of Orange España, and international sales to be managed by Protagonist Pictures.

Plot
In search of transcendence and social prestige, a multimillionaire businessman decides to make a film that will leave a mark. For this, he hires the best: a stellar team consisting of famed filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penelope Cruz) and two well-known actors, both of whom are immense talents, but with even bigger egos: Hollywood actor Felix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theatrical star Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Both legends, but not exactly the best of friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric tests designed by Lola, Felix and Ivan must face not only each other, but also their own legacies.

13rd October 2020

Diego San José, Iván Escobar, Fernando León de Aranoa, Daniel Burman o Laura Belloso, entre los profesores del Máster de Guion de THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO y la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UMC)
El curso inicia su segunda edición con clases presenciales acorde con los protocolos impuestos por la actual situación sanitaria y cuenta con un plan de contingencia para poder continuar la formación vía streaming

El Máster busca nuevo talento emergente y da a sus alumnos la oportunidad de formarse con algunos de los mejores creadores de cine y televisión en España y de realizar prácticas en programas y series como "El Intermedio", "Zapeando", "Los hombres de Paco" o "El Internado"

Los tres mejores proyectos de la primera edición serán desarrollados por los equipos de guion de THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO en España, Argentina y Colombia

El Máster de Guion de THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO y la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), centrado en la búsqueda y formación de talento para la creación de contenidos audiovisuales, ha comenzado su segunda edición, en la que 25 alumnos se formarán con creadores relevantes del cine y la televisión en España como Diego San José, Iván Escobar, Fernando León de Aranoa, Daniel Burman, Laura Belloso, Ruth García, Ran Tellem, Sergi Belbel, Mariano Baselga, Daniela Fejerman o Carmen Ortiz.

El Máster ha iniciado sus clases de forma presencial en la facultad de Ciencias de la Información de la UCM, cumpliendo con todos los protocolos impuestos por la actual situación sanitaria, y cuenta con un plan de contingencia para poder continuar con la formación vía streaming a través del campus virtual de la UCM.

La primera edición concluyó el pasado mes de junio con la selección de tres proyectos, escogidos entre los 60 trabajos realizados por los alumnos del Máster, dos propuestas de largometrajes y una serie de ficción, que serán desarrollados por los equipos de guion THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO en España, Argentina y Colombia. En la actualidad, y este es otro rasgo distintivo de este Máster, los alumnos de primer año realizan prácticas en las producciones del Studio. En programas como "El intermedio", "Zapeando", La Script" o "Dar cera, pulir #0"; en producciones de ficción en curso como "Los Hombres de Paco" (Atresmedia), "El Internado: Las Cumbres" (Amazon Prime Video), "Paraíso" (Movistar+), o en nuevos proyectos en fase de gestación.

"Descubrir nuevos talentos y brindarles la oportunidad de un acceso directo a la industria audiovisual son los rasgos distintivos de este Máster, donde los alumnos reciben formación de los propios creadores de contenidos, algunos de los mejores guionistas y realizadores de España y también de América Latina, vinculados a las producciones de THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO", ha comentado Laura Fernández Espeso, Directora Corporativa y de TV de THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.

"Los alumnos cuentan con áreas tutorizadas, especializadas en cine, series, entretenimiento y webseries, en las que desarrollan proyectos. Otra cualidad que nos distingue de otros Másteres de este tipo es que también contamos con sesiones de pitching para asesorar a los alumnos sobre cómo deben presentar sus proyectos profesionalmente", comenta Irene Ortega, Directora del Máster de THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO y UCM.

Avalado por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, que otorga el título, el Master de Guion THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO/UCM es el único que ofrece una especialización global, tanto de géneros como de contenidos, que aporta a los futuros guionistas una visión completa sobre la realidad del mercado audiovisual actual, en España y también a nivel internacional, con especial implicación en América Latina, por medio de la presencia de estudiantes latinoamericanos y gracias al avanzado desarrollo de producciones de THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO en el continente americano.

9th October 2020

"Estoy vivo" recording a fourth season
Javier Gutiérrez, Alejo Sauras and Cristina Plazas head the cast for the new episodes which feature more comedy

Manuel Márquez (Javier Gutiérrez) was reunited with his family. That was how episode 39 finished and will be the kick-off for the fourth season of "Estoy Vivo". The series created by Daniel Écija and produced by RTVE together with Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) and The Good Mood, is currently in production.

There are no secrets between Márquez and his team, but there will be a lot of surprises along the way as well as lighter moments and a laugh. "Los Vengadores de Vallecas" will go head-to-head with a whole series of new mysteries in a new season which is set to feature more humor than ever. And in the other dimension, where life and death come together, the Pasarela still works.

New faces who join the cast led by Javier Gutiérrez, Alejo Sauras and Cristina Plazas include Guiomar Puerta (Carlos, rey emperador; Derecho a soñar, 45 Revoluciones), Almagro San Miguel (Hernán, Vis a Vis: el oasis) and Pablo Vázquez (La Valla, Vergüenza, Arde Madrid, Fariña, Amar en tiempos revueltos). The head-line cast is completed by Jesús Castejón, Alfonso Bassave, Fele Martínez, Goizalde Núñez, Laia Manzanares and Lucía Caraballo, with a special guest appearance from Julia Gutiérrez Caba.

New characters
The three new characters are key to strengthening the team at the police-station, one of the most important places for plot development. Adriana (Guiomar Puerta) and Mikel (Almagro San Miguel) are two young rookies. She's impulsive, fun and free; and him, gets the job done and dedicated to the job. A chemistry emerges between immediately. They both work closely with Márquez and Santos on a new, strange case.

Landa (Pablo Vázquez) is the new commissioner for Vallecas. A old-school cop -man whose mission to get things in order in a station which has been causing problems for too long. But it soon emerges that that's not the only thing Landa has come to do…

8th October 2020

The MEDIAPRO Group, unique in production of 119 football matches worldwide in the same weekend
70 Outside Broadcast Units, more than 3,500 professionals to produce 11 league competitions across the globe / This makes the company the only producer worldwide capable of tackling a challenge of this magnitude

Last weekend, the MEDIAPRO Group produced 119 football matches spread over 11 countries around the world, providing logistical coverage and a major technical challenge, being the first and only production company in the world to do so. For this, MEDIAPRO deployed more than 3,500 professionals and 70 Outside Broadcast units, with backing from the technical support of Overon, at football stadiums to broadcast the signals and face the production challenge.

Currently the MEDIAPRO Group produces 11 national football competitions around the world: Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Colombia, Mexico and Chile. Only the logistical, technical and professional power of the MEDIAPRO Group allows it to face a challenge of this magnitude that will only increase in difficulty when the Slovenian and Bolivian leagues restart their competitions, suspended for public health reasons, and when the new seasons in the league begin. Both the Canadian and Angolan leagues kick off in April.

10 games were produced this weekend in 4K in the leagues in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy and 109 games in HD quality.

The MEDIAPRO Group professional crews have developed technological solutions to meet the technical challenges posed by the current health crisis situation in the audiovisual production of sporting events, such as the digital generation of fans in stadium stands and virtual sound, which is already applied in the leagues in Spain, Portugal and Canada and which has been exported to other competitions managed by operators such as ESPN in Argentina.

About MEDIAPRO
MEDIAPRO is currently involved in the production of 16 national football competitions around the world, as well as being responsible for producing the main sporting events of the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the EuroLeague Basketball, FIBA, FIFA World Cup, Pan-Arab Games, African Cup of Nations and Formula 1, among others.

The MEDIAPRO Group produces more than 15 television channels around the world, including several specialized sports channels. The Group acquired an extensive package of rights for four seasons from 2020-21 of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 in France and of the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League from 2021-2022.

With 58 offices on four continents, MEDIAPRO is also one of the largest content creators in the world, delivering projects for HBO, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Turner, DirectTV, Movistar, FOX, Viacom and Televisa.

7th October 2020

Fira and MEDIAPRO produce SmartCityLive, the digital event and content platform for smart cities
Broadcasting live content and also offer it permanently

Smart City Live (SCL), the digital edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), will have an innovative platform that will broadcast the conferences and presentations of the new event live and with television production, which can also be accessed via a Video-on-Demand system. To achieve this goal, Fira de Barcelona has reached an agreement with MEDIAPRO Group for the creation of a major digital platform with audiovisual content to last beyond the event as a reference in the knowledge and debate of the main challenges of cities and urban innovation.

Between November 17 – 18, Smart City Live will bring together, in virtual format due to the current situation, the main protagonists, institutions and international experts on smart cities in a new virtual and interactive proposal structured in two blocks: a TV program broadcast live on the first day, and a second program to host workshops and parallel events online, which will also be distributed on the platform in a range of different formats.

In this sense, MEDIAPRO Group, a reference in the European audiovisual sector, will be in charge of developing and operating the technological platform for the distribution of Smart City Live content both during the event and throughout the year, as well as the production of other content on the platform. The event will therefore boast a live broadcast system and a VOD (Video on Demand), or television on demand system, so that registered participants can watch presentations, conferences and other audiovisual content both live as well as after the event has concluded.

In addition, the program of conferences and workshops will be recorded in a large studio of more than 500 m² located at the MEDIAPRO building in the 22@ district in Barcelona, which will become a television studio for the creation live and VoD content during the two days the Smart City Live congress lasts. This content will be televised and will be recorded and broadcast using the very latest technology.

The director of SCEWC, Ugo Valenti, highlighted that "In such complex times, Smart City Expo World Congress, takes another step as leader in smart city event. Our goal is for the new Smart City Live platform to become the basis of a knowledge hub on smart cities and a benchmark in the global distribution of content. Having the experience and technology of MEDIAPRO is for us a guarantee to continue growing and innovating".

The Director of Innovation and New Business at the MEDIAPRO Group, María Carmen Fernández, stated "innovation in the digital world has a lot to do with the generation of relevant content, but also with the multi-channel, interactivity and usability with which it is offered to the end consumer. Smart City Live has an excellent opportunity to position itself globally for all consumers of specialized content in smart cities and, as a partner of Fira de Barcelona, MEDIAPRO will bring all its experience to bear on this project to achieve this".

New 365 platform
This platform will also promote the new SCEWC Tomorrow.City initiative, specifically designed to offer companies and government bodies the resources in technology, training, research and investment throughout the year. As such, the platform will enjoy the most innovative technological tools to accelerate the promotion of sustainable and inclusive cities through four different areas of action: knowledge, business, training and talent, and dissemination.

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