After popular demand since the series ended, the production of a series based on the "Vis a Vis" universe will finally become a reality after the announcement made today by FOX Networks Group Spain and Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) confirming the start of production on "Vis a Vis: The Oasis", a new series based on the original, scheduled for television release in 2020.
Production of the 8-episode series with a closed ending, will once again have head screenwriter and showrunner Iván Escobar at the helm and will follow the criminal exploits of the criminal duo made up of Maca (Maggie Civantos) and Zulema (Najwa Nimri), of which viewers were given a brief taste in the final episode of "Vis a Vis".
In "Vis a Vis: The Oasis", the two iconic characters will join forces with other well-known faces from the original series in a storyline set outside prison and designed as a salute to all the fans who wanted to know what became of these two survivors.
"We're delighted to announce this move, which we know has been long-awaited by fans of the series and who have become known as the "yellow tide". It's also great to get back to work with the team at Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) and Iván Escobar, who have been unquestionably the best companions throughout the adventure which we're undertaking with the goal of making "Vis a Vis: The Oasis" into a quality fiction product, in line with the standards of quality we have set for ourselves so far", said Daniel Pérez, VP and Director General of FOX Networks Group Spain.
"It's a pleasure to rekindle our alliance with FOX Networks Group to produce an additional season of the fictional universe that "Vis a Vis" has become, a real phenomenon with repercussions beyond our borders and that we are extending with this new production, while remaining loyal to the same quality goals and with the exact same will to establish its leadership" commented Javier Méndez, Chief Content Officer for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.
"The storyline, the two leading characters -Zulema and Maca- and the millions of followers of the series, deserve this wrap party: the final confrontation. Iván Escobar has once again designed eight unforgettable episodes", said Javier Pons, Head of TV for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.
The announcement comes at a time when the success of "Vis a Vis" on FOX is still fresh and continues to draw interest from all its followers at every initiative undertaken around the series. For example, the NajwaVSMala concert which saw Najwa Nimri and La Mala Rodríguez sharing a stage in the Barceló theatre in Madrid was a clear wink and a nod to the series and with the audience calling out for a spin off several times during the night.
Revived by FOX for Pay-TV in 2018, "Vis a Vis" has been an all-out success for the television channel, promoting the series using several now-famous campaigns which turned it into one of its flagship trademarks with the best audience share figures. "Vis a Vis" on FOX registered an average of more than 300,000 viewers, reaching half a million if we count the number of viewers watching the series on non-linear formats, the preferred format chosen by 6 out of every 10 viewers (data supplies by Kantar Media, based solely on television consumption alone, not including other devices.). As a result, "Vis a Vis" finished its fourth and final season this past 4 February as one of the most viewed Pay-TV fiction content in Spain.
About Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO)
Globomedia, a company of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, is a leading television fiction producer in Spain, responsible for titles such as "Locked Up", "I'm Alive", "The Accident", "Red Eagle", "The Boarding School" and "Lifeline", and programmes including "El Intermedio", "Zapeando" and "The Comedy Club". Moreover, Globomedia fiction projects are present in over 125 countries, with particular relevance in Europe. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO is launched recently by MEDIAPRO, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Whose mission is to expand the creation, production and distribution of content globally drawing on its already well-established foundations, creating high-quality international content in association with the very best Spanish and international talent, including Paolo Sorrentino, Woody Allen, Isabel Coixet, Ran Tellem, Oliver Stone, Daniel Burman, Fernando León de Aranoa, Iván Escobar, Javier Fesser, Patricio Guzmán, Borja Cobeaga, Diego San José, Marc Cistaré, Manuel Huerga, Ernesto Daranas, Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn, Laura Belloo, Marc Vigil, Fernando González Molina, Javier Olivares and Ruth García. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, with 58 offices distributed across four continents, 14 of which develop and produce content, launched 34 series in 2019 with a global investment of 200 million for productions of series, films, entertainment programs, short-formats and documentaries. MEDIAPRO has partnered with key industry players worldwide including HBO, Netflix, Amazon, DirectTV, Fox, Viacom, Yle and Disney, on award-winning productions which have earned international awards including 2 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, multiple Goya awards and two Daytime Emmy Awards.
HBO Europe is adding to its growing Spanish slate with "Por H o por B/Whatever (w/t)", an original comedy written and directed by Manuela Burló Moreno and starring Marta Martín and Saida Benzal. "Por H o por B" takes the characters from Burló Moreno's Goya-nominated short film "Pipas", with Martín and Benzal reprising their roles as friends Hache and Belén. The 10-part half-hour series is produced by Lacoproductora and Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) for HBO Europe.
After a few years of not speaking to each other, childhood friends Hache and Belén are reunited and find themselves living in the hipster Madrid neighbourhood of Malasaña a far cry from their roots on the outskirts of the city. The inevitable culture clash leads to a cataclysm of ridiculous and awkward consequences as they navigate their friendship, and the fake new world they're now a part of.
Shooting has started in Madrid, with Brays Efe, Itziar Castro, Javier Bódalo and Fernando Albizu also joining the cast.
As well as the acclaimed short film "Pipas", Burló Moreno has written and directed feature films "Rumbos" and "Cómo sobrevivir a una despedida", and several other internationally award-winning shorts.
Burló Moreno says: "Por H o por B shows the reality of that extra layer we all wear to try to fulfil our sense of belonging, although we all know that the best thing is to be our true selves. The series is about the search and need to belong, and the thin line between what's cool and what's not. All this through the main character's eyes, two girls from Parla who will do their best to survive in the most hipster neighbourhood of the capital."
Miguel Salvat, Commissioning Editor of Original Programming of HBO España, says: "In Por H o por B we're diving into the culture of appearances, ephemeral trends, and things that confound us daily that we don't dare to question. It's a story of two fish out of water, culture clashes, being awkward or not caring about being awkward about identity and the need to belong. Manuela has lived many of the situations we will see. She knows what she's talking about and how to tell this story. There are many Malasañas around the world. Por H o por B is universal and local at the same time. A fresh new voice is arriving to HBO."
Antony Root, EVP of Programming and Production, HBO Europe, says: "We're excited to have Manuela bring her original perspective and vision for this series to HBO Europe. In Por H o por B she's created a comedy and characters that will be recognisable and relatable for our audiences both in Spain and beyond. It's the perfect addition to our burgeoning Spanish originals slate which boasts an incredible range of local voices and a broad mix of genres we're confident audiences of all tastes will have a favourite amongst them."
"Por H o por B" is a Lacoproductora and Globomedia production for HBO Europe, with Jorge Pezzi and Javier Pons executive producers. Executive Producers for HBO Europe are Miguel Salvat, Steve Matthews and Antony Root.
The series will premiere simultaneously across all HBO Europe territories.
"Por H o Por B" is the latest Spanish original from HBO Europe, following the adaptation of Fernando Aramburu's bestselling novel, "Patria"; Isabel Coixet's "Foodie Love"; non-fiction series "The Pioneer/El Pionero" all currently in production and Alex de la Iglesia's recently green-lit "30 Coins".
In Europe, HBO offers programming to subscribers through five services covering twenty-one countries:
In Scandinavia, HBO Nordic has established itself as The Home of Series, offering a premium Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) Service directly to consumers and through operator partners in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.
In Spain HBO España is available to subscribers as an SVOD service and through its exclusive partnership with Vodafone Spain, allowing Vodafone customers in Spain to access the streaming service via Vodafone TV or on their computers, smart phones and tablets.
In Central Europe, HBO is available directly to consumers and through operator partners in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
In the Baltics, HBO content is available via exclusive partner Telia in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Most recently, in February 2019, HBO Portugal launched as a SVOD service directly to consumer and through an exclusive operator partnership with Vodafone Portugal.
HBO Europe has been producing original local drama in Poland, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic since 2010, expanding production activities to Scandinavia and Spain in 2016, and the Adria region in 2017. HBO Europe's upcoming slate includes "Beforeigners" (Norway), "Patria" (Spain), "The Sleepers" (Czech Republic), "El Pionero" (Spain), "Beartown" (Norway), "30 Coins" (Spain), "Gösta" (Sweden), "Foodie Love" (Spain), "Wataha III" (Poland) and "Umbre III" (Romania).
Lacoproductora is a recently launched company focused on the creation of original formats with a common feature of innovation. It is a content platform whose priority task is the search for new talent at the service of the needs of the new audiovisual industry.
Created by José Miguel Contreras and Jorge Pezzi, two professionals with extensive experience in the communications sector. José Miguel Contreras was one of the founders of Globomedia, where he participated and promoted the creation of dozens of successful formats. As a television executive, he worked for the main Spanish networks and was the creator and CEO of La Sexta. Later he was the vice president of Atresmedia. Jorge Pezzi has devoted his career to audiovisual creation. He has developed most of his career in the ad business, where he has worked for the main creative advertising agencies managing the communication of several major brands.
Lacoproductora is launching its first projects this season, focused on comedy formats. It has produced for Movistar + the original format "El cielo puede esperar", which will be released in the coming weeks and is scheduled to broadcast several projects throughout this year.
About Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO)
Globomedia, a company of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, is a leading television fiction producer in Spain, responsible for titles such as "Locked Up", "I'm Alive", "The Accident", "Red Eagle", "The Boarding School" and "Lifeline", and programmes including "El Intermedio", "Zapeando" and "The Comedy Club". The producer's portfolio includes an impressive list of flagship programmes and formats including "Médico de Familia" (1995), "Caiga quien caiga" (1996), "7 Lives" (1999), "Aida" (2005), "Un paso adelante" (2002), "The Serranos" (2003) and "59 seconds" (2004). Similarly, the company is a benchmark in original content creation in the current affairs humour genre. Moreover, Globomedia fiction projects are present in over 125 countries, with particular relevance in Europe. Adaptations and original versions of their hit series in Spain have had similar success on networks worldwide.
THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO is launched recently by MEDIAPRO, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Whose mission is to expand the creation, production and distribution of content globally drawing on its already well-established foundations, creating high-quality international content in association with the very best Spanish and international talent, including Paolo Sorrentino, Woody Allen, Isabel Coixet, Ran Tellem, Oliver Stone, Daniel Burman, Fernando León de Aranoa, Iván Escobar, Javier Fesser, Patricio Guzmán, Borja Cobeaga, Diego San José, Marc Cistaré, Manuel Huerga, Ernesto Daranas, Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn, Laura Belloo, Marc Vigil, Fernando González Molina, Javier Olivares and Ruth García. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, with 58 offices distributed across four continents, 14 of which develop and produce content, launched 34 series in 2019 with a global investment of 200 million for productions of series, films, entertainment programs, short-formats and documentaries. MEDIAPRO has partnered with key industry players worldwide including HBO, Netflix, Amazon, DirectTV, Fox, Viacom, Yle and Disney, on award-winning productions which have earned international awards including 2 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, multiple Goya awards and two Daytime Emmy Awards.
MEDIAPRO prestará servicio de Video Assistant Referee (VAR) a la Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) en todos los partidos del principal evento futbolístico entre selecciones nacionales de América del Sur, que se celebrará en Brasil del 14 de junio al 7 de julio. El Grupo MEDIAPRO fue el adjudicatario del concurso público de 2018 para ser proveedor oficial de VAR en las principales competiciones CONMEBOL, que incluyen Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Recopa y Copa América.
La Copa América Brasil 2019 dispondrá por primera vez de esta tecnología para analizar en todo momento las jugadas dudosas. El equipo destinado a esta producción estará formado por 30 profesionales de MEDIAPRO procedentes de Portugal, Argentina, Chile y Paraguay, liderados por Nuno Pereira. Trabajarán en un total de 27 partidos, que se celebrarán en las sedes de São Paulo (Morumbi y Corinthians), Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre y Río de Janeiro, incluida la final del campeonato.
La solución de VAR escogida por MEDIAPRO en esta ocasión será el modelo descentralizado con salas en los estadios, Video Operation Room (VOR). Para ello, se instalarán 6 VOR, uno en cada estadio de la competición, dotados con todos los medios necesarios para realizar el suministro de videoarbitraje. Además, contarán con hasta 24 cámaras por sistema y 3 Xeebras (sistemas de repetición instantánea diseñados especialmente para equipos técnicos y árbitros dentro de la tecnología necesaria para implantar el videoarbitraje).
MEDIAPRO también proporcionará formación quince días antes del comienzo del evento. Previamente al inicio de la Copa, entre el 6 y el 12 de junio, se llevará adelante una capacitación y un torneo amistoso en Río de Janeiro en la Cancha de Entrenamiento en Barra da Tijuca.
Esta es la segunda temporada consecutiva en la que MEDIAPRO presta sus servicios de tecnología VAR en la Copa Libertadores, Sudamericana y Recopa y ha completado todo el curso suministrando equipamiento técnico y profesional para asegurar el servicio en todos los partidos de la Copa América.
El Grupo MEDIAPRO es en la actualidad proveedor oficial de VAR para las competiciones oficiales de Liga en España, Portugal, México, Chile y Emiratos Árabes Unidos, y presta servicios a CAF y FIBA. Recientemente, ha sido elegida además para el suministro de VAR de la Superliga de Grecia (primera división de fútbol) y prestará servicio de videoarbitraje durante los próximos cinco años junto con la empresa griega In Digital.
THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, the leading independent production company out of Spain, and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today a co-development and co-production agreement,. The deal is the first of its kind between the producers and as part of the agreement, SPT is set to produce a 13-episode, hour-long thriller titled Implacables - Mexico. SPT will have distribution rights in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico), Latin America and Canada and The Mediapro Studio will distribute in the rest of the world.
The series is originally based on a project titled 35 years and Counting created by Ran Tellem (Primetime Emmy Award-winning producer and creator of Homeland) and Mariano Baselga. Production is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019 in Mexico City.
"It's an exciting opportunity to be able to partner with THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, a prolific creator of great content," said Ana Bond, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International Production, Latin America for SPT. "Ran's ability to create and tell such compelling and thrilling stories is sure to keep our audiences on the edge of their seats."
"Working alongside SPT in creating a premium thriller with the unique backdrop of Mexico City has been an incredible journey", said Ran Tellem Head of International Development for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.
Implacables - Mexico tells the story of four detectives from different generations combining their experience to capture a serial rapist who has evaded the law for 35 years. Believing that his arrest would close the cycle, they discover that the case is just the tip of the iceberg of the largest and most dangerous human trafficking network, against which they must fight.
About The Mediapro Studio
With over 6,700 professionals and 58 offices on 4 continents, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, as a company of The Mediapro Group which is celebrating 25 years, has collaborated with directors such as Oliver Stone ("Comandante"), Paolo Sorrentino ("The Young Pope"), Fernando León de Aranoa ("Los lunes al sol", "Un día perfecto" AKA "A Perfect Day)"), Isabel Coixet ("La vida secreta de las palabras", "Nadie quiere la noche" AKA "Nobody Wants the Night"), Roman Polanski ("Carnage"), Woody Allen ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "Midnight in Paris"), and promoted projects such as "Tres metros sobre el cielo", "Águila Roja", " Vis a Vis", "Six Dreams" and "Todo por el juego". Currently, those collaborating in creative projects include prestigious creatives such as David Simon (creator of "The Wire"), Àlex and David Pastor, Javier Olivares, Ran Tellem, Daniel Burman, Diego San José, Fernando González Molina, Iván Escobar and more.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global content business, operating 24 wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies in 12 countries, as well as linear and digital channels around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.
Commercial Court Nº 12 in Madrid has ruled in favor of the injunction sought by MEDIAPRO in the face of its exclusion from the adjudication of the broadcasting rights to the final of the Copa del Rey. The decree orders the RFEF to include MEDIAPRO among the offers to be considered, to roll back the proceedings immediately prior to the agreement that led to the exclusion of the offer submitted by MEDIAPRO and that, after the inclusion of MEDIAPRO, should re-adjudicate the media rights according to the anticipated procedure. The match is to be held in 5 days' time.
According to the text of the decree, the RFEF's decision to include a new clause that motivated the exclusion of MEDIAPRO gives rise to an abuse of a dominant position that provokes tenderer discrimination, "a clause that is so unilaterally disproportionate to Spanish Law on public procurement criteria (LSCP, as per the Spanish acronym), without providing reasonably sufficient period to appeal" that it ensures the procurement contract conditions "produce the "targeted" exclusion and inclusion" in what is a "flagrant abuse of the position of dominance held by the RFEF". The decree also defines the deadlines established by the RFEF for the awarding of the rights to a match being held this coming Saturday as "unusual and unconventional haste for an event such as this".
This is the first judicial decision in the litigation MEDIAPRO engaged in against the RFEF decisions and statements made by its president, designed to slander and jeopardizing the Spanish audiovisual group. The severity of the decision handed down by Commercial Court Nº 12 in Madrid is an endorsement of what MEDIAPRO had maintained from the outset; its complete competency to participate in RFEF tender award procedures or those of any other sports body.
MEDIAPRO will apply the same legal defense criteria to prevent the RFEF from again violating legality in the planned VAR tender.
"The New Pope" is written by Paolo Sorrentino with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises and marks Sorrentino's second limited series set in the world of the modern papacy. All eight episodes are being directed by Academy Award® winning director Paolo Sorrentino, who also directed "The Great Beauty" and "The Young Pope".
The cast features two-time Academy Award® nominees Jude Law and John Malkovich, returning cast from "The Young Pope" including Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier and Maurizio Lombardi. New cast members joining the limited include Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir and Massimo Ghini.
"The New Pope", an original production of SKY, HBO and CANAL+, is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO. Fremantle will act as the global distributor for "The New Pope".
Copyright: Gianni Fiorito @Wildside/Sky/Haut et Court TV/Home Box Office, inc./The Mediapro Studio