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18th July 2019

World premiere of "PERCEPTION" and "FACTORS" produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO for SONAR360º by MEDIAPRO
Sónar360º by MEDIAPRO will be on-site at Sónar from tomorrow / "Nebuale", by French artist Joanie Lemercier, completes the list of world premieres to be projected within the SONAR360º by MEDIAPRO Area

This year, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO will present two exclusive projects at the Sónar360º by MEDIAPRO area. "Perception" and "Factors" in line with the Groups commitment to innovative and creative audiovisual content. The 19 square meter dome is to host the world premiere of work from artists including María S. Leiva and Miguel Arrieta and Japanese artists Daito Manabe and Satoshi Horii. Sónar360º by MEDIAPRO is part of the framework three-year collaboration agreement signed in 2018 between Sónar and the MEDIAPRO Group to promote immersive 360º audiovisual content and 3D audio. The program Schedule for the Sonar360º by MEDIAPRO dome also includes another world premiere with the screening of "Nebulae", by French artist, Joanie Lemercier. 

Perception was designed and created exclusively for Sónar360º by MEDIAPRO by visual artist María S. Leiva and sound producer, Miguel Arrieta. The piece springs from the reflection between the real and the unreal and how what you see is not always what it appears to be. The authors have used fragments from audiovisual productions by MEDIAPRO over its 25-year career (The Pearl Button, Symphony, The Young Pope, El Somni, "Illuminated by fire", Sergio & Sergei and A Perfect Day) reinterpreted for the full-dome format. The piece uses water as a common thread to suggest a sea of contradictions where nothing is what it seems, and reality and fiction intertwine to provoke a unique reaction from dome-goers. Original footage, shot in some cases in 360º on location in areas such as the Ebro Delta were used to complete Perception, making this production one of the most innovative and powerful audio-visual experiences with a significant contribution from computer graphics (CGI).

María S. Leiva commented, "Perception will speak to us of what we see, what we believe we see and what lies in between; reality, the unreal and what we perceive. Our swimming pool is the invisible space between the two when we try to communicate, transmit, thrill, create or invent. What exactly goes on there, in our perception, between reality and fiction? "

Musically speaking, Miguel Arrieta designed the creative process to provoke audience reaction, generating a parallel sensory discourse to accompany the images and sparking audience discomfort at some points while playing with our perception

Factors, also produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, is a methodological exploration of international renowned Japanese technologists by Daito Manabe and Satoshi Horii. The two Rhizomatiks studio artists have created an abstract audio and video piece of generative data using mathematical algorithms that generate unique structures and movements translated into abstract landscapes. The objective of "Factors" is not to create an interaction between images and music (as may be the case in a classic VJ / DJ performance, but instead to evoke contradictory feelings that play with human perception within the full-dome space

Sonar360º by MEDIAPRO will also offer the world premiere of the piece "Nebulae", by French artist Joanie Lemercier, which will introduce the viewer to a unique journey around the cosmos.

The Sonar360º by MEDIAPRO stage is dedicated to the full-dome audiovisual format, an immersive experience where festivalgoers are completely surrounded by 360º images accompanied by a sound created exclusively for this piece. The dome, 19 meters in diameter and one of the largest in Europe, will feature in the Sónar360º by MEDIAPRO space with an exclusive program including world premieres, workshops, several other premiere screenings and live shows in full-dome format.

All the audiovisual pieces to be projected in the Sonar360º by MEDIAPRO space have been designed by the MEDIAPRO Exhibitions team in association with Sónar + D.

MEDIAPRO is the leading audiovisual group in Europe, unique in its integration of content, production and audiovisual distribution with a worldwide presence through its 58 offices on 4 continents. MEDIAPRO provides the creativity and technical solutions necessary to design, produce and distribute any type of audiovisual or multi-channel content or project in any corner of the world in which innovation and transversal disciplines are ever-present.

16th July 2019

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO signs Lorenzo Silva to produce series content based on his novels
The agreement gets underway with the adaptation of the writer's latest novel, "Si esto es una mujer", written in association with Noemí Trujillo, and the long-awaited series about the saga starring popular characters Bevilacqua and Chamorro / The two projects will be developed by Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO)

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, through its production company GLOBOMEDIA, has signed a collaboration agreement with writer Lorenzo Silva for the adaptation of fiction content inspired by his novels. The first two projects included under the agreement are to be a series based on his latest book "Si esto es una mujer" (published by DESTINO), written in collaboration with Noemí Trujillo, and the long-awaited series about his two fetish characters and members of the Central Operations Unit (UCO) of the Guardia Civil, Rubén Bevilacqua and Virginia Chamorro, protagonists of nine novels and two stories (published by DESTINO).

Author of more than 30 novels and numerous works of non-fiction, as well as children's stories and titles for younger readers, Lorenzo Silva, one of the top best sellers of the Spanish creative scene, also has experience as a series and documentary screenwriting, including the cinematographic adaptations of his novels. He was nominated for the 2004 Goya for the screenplay of La flaqueza del bolchevique and co-author of 20-N. Los últimos días de Franco, which received Spanish Television Academy's Best TV Movie award in 2009. As a multi-award-winning writer, Silva won the Planeta Award for "La marca del meridiano", his seventh novel in the Bevilacqua and Chamorro series, and El Nadal, for "El alquimista impaciente", the second novel of the saga. The author is a reference of the Spanish modern narrative and a pre-eminent author among the contemporary classics of the literary gender.

In association with GLOBOMEDIA (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), Silva himself will be responsible for these adaptations at the helm of the writer's room in charge of each one. In the case of "Si esto es una mujer", the author will also collaborate with Noemí Trujillo, co-author of this new fiction saga, starring Inspector Manuela Mauri, who in this novel investigates a chilling case that reveals the worst scourges of our society.

With regard to the adaptation as a television series of the investigations of Bevilacqua and Chamorro's cases, the announcement comes as welcome news for fans, who have long called for a televised version of the characters. The project involving Lorenzo Silva and GLOBOMEDIA (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) will be based on a storyline that will merge two of the titles published to date.

"It is with great pride that we announce this collaboration with Lorenzo Silva. We admire his story-packed career where he combines mystery with relevant social issues while doing so from a very human perspective about the character. We 're certain that all his current fans, plus those who'll be discovering his work for the first time in the series created with Noemí Trujillo and our team, and who will have the opportunity to see the full scope of his talent like never-before-seen on television", said Javier Pons, General Director of GLOBOMEDIA and Television Director of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.

"I'm delighted to reach an agreement to launch a series about Bevilacqua and Chamorro with the guarantee, experience and industrial strength The Mediapro Studio and Globomedia bring to the project. Over the past twenty years, there have been several projects in the pipeline in relation to the two characters, who for me, are much more than fictional creatures, but none of these projects quite convinced me until now and I think that many of the series readers would have liked. This is an excellent opportunity to settle this outstanding debt with them and myself, by proposing a show that allows me to explore the potential that as a writer I have found in them to offer a complete and complex account of my time and my place ", said Lorenzo Silva.

The author went on the say, "there's no greater joy than seeing how an almost newborn character, Inspector Manuela Mauri, protagonist of only two stories; "Si esto es una mujer" and "Carabanchel blues", will also get her chance to make the leap to the screen, and to bring her peculiar perspective on her city, Madrid, and some of the darkest areas of contemporary society. I share with Noemí Trujillo, my partner in the adventure of creating and giving life to her, the satisfaction of witnessing how she has gained a significant popular base in such a short time, readers who demand to know more about her and whom I hope will be just as excited about the series as we are. The reality here in Spain provides stories as powerful and universal as any other. I've drawn on this reality for inspiration in my work and it's comforting to see that these stories can give way to another narrative language, with a similar ambition", he continued.

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO
With a wealth of experience in the audiovisual sector, MEDIAPRO, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, recently launched THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, 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 2 Daytime Emmy Awards.

16th July 2019

Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and Jan Cornet join the cast for season three of "I'm Alive", the series produced by RTVE in association with Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO)
The new stars join the cast lead by Javier Gutiérrez, Alejo Sauras and Anna Castillo, among others / Season three begins with a devastating event that will change the lives of the characters forever / A woman, played by Laia Manzanares, is set to become the new villain in the series created by Daniel Écija

Filming for season three of "I'm Alive", the series produced by RTVE in association with Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIOS) and Good Mood.

Márquez (Javier Gutiérrez), having recovered from his coma, and the Connection (Enlace, played by Alejo Sauras) with the assistance of Sebas (Jesús Castejón), have finished up with the final threat from the beyond. But, when they attempt to return to their lives together with Laura (Cristina Plazas), Susana (Anna Castillo) and Bea (Lucia Caraballo), a devastating event takes place that will change everything and force the stars to adopt a new way to tackle the world, once again with the Walkway (La Pasarela) as the backdrop.

New characters and a very unique villain
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón (Silver Shell for Best Actress, four Silver Fotogramas Awards, Actors Union Award, Spanish Film Accademy Gold Medal) plays Verónica, the new Chief Police Inspector in the Vallecas dustrict. Vero, as she likes to be called out of work, is a straight-shooting professional, with a wealth of experience and years on the conflictive streets of Renteria. She was married years ago but has no children.

Jan Cornet (Goya for Best Newcomer Actor and Actor's Union Award for Best Newcomer Actor for The Skin I live In) plays Adrián, a newly appointed Assistant Inspector who has only been at the station for a few months. Polite, mild-mannered, easy-going and an intellectual, Adrián is a careful young man with no family or stable relationship, and who only lives for his work.

Laia Manzanares ("El renio", "Merli") is Carlota, our villain in this season three. A uniquely sadistic and dangerous millennial, an unscrupulous murderer who squanders a humerous side and takes creativity to new heights when it comes to killing.

The cast includes Javier Gutiérrez, Alejo Sauras, Anna Castillo, Cristina Plazas, Alfonso Bassave, Fele Martinez, Jesus Castejón, Goizalde Nuñez and Lucia Caraballo, will be joined this season by Lelé Guillén, who plays Alicia, a new assisstant inspector at the station, and Irene Rojo, Rebe who in sesaon three plays a brilliant university student. Also with the ongling collaboration of Julia Gutiérrez Caba in the role of Keeper of The Walkway (La Pasarela).

9th July 2019

Woody Allen: "The actors and actresses are the success of my movies"
Elena Anaya: "It's a dream working with Woody Allen" / Presentation at the Kursaal in San Sebastian of the new movie from North American producer, produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO in association with Gravier Productions

This Tuesday, the Kursaal in San Sebastian hosted the presentation of the beginning of filming on the new Woody Allen movie, produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO in association with Gravier Productions. The event was attended by Jaume Roures, founding partner of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, director Woody Allen and actors Elena Anaya, Wally Shawn, Gina Gershon and Sergi López.

Filming gets underway tomorrow 10th July on Woody Allen's 51st film in San Sebastian and will wrap on August 20th.

The new joint project between THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and Woody Allen is "a romantic comedy about some folks from the United States who arrive at the San Sebastian film festival and what happens has a comical resonance to what takes place here", explained Woody Allen.

As confirmed by the director, the city in Gipuzkoa will be the protagonist of the film, the provisional title of which is "Rifkin's Festival" (in reference to the main character), but the surroundings areas will also feature, including forest areas "not far from the center of the city "and beaches. "I want to present my vision of San Sebastian to the world", added Allen, who praised the actors' work: "I am the product of great actors and actresses with whom I have collaborated, although I take credit for their work. They are the reason behind my movies' success".

The film has a star-studded cast comprising Spanish and international actors and actresses, including Elena Anaya (Wonder Woman, The Summit, The Skin I Live In, Sex & Lucia), Louis Garrel (Godard Mon Amour, Love Songs, Dreamers or A Faithful Man, which he also directs), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, Bound, The Insider or Face to Face), Sergi López (A Perfect Day, The Next Skin, Pan's Labyrinth, Harry, He's Here To Help), Wally Shawn (veteran actor who has worked with Woody Allen in films including Radio Days, Shadows & Fog and Manhattan) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Bastards, -movies that have won two Oscar® Awards for Carnage and Specter).

The director was also assuring media that he doesn't think about retiring: "I've always focused on my work and that absorbs my brain; It doesn't matter what's happened to my wife, my children and politics. I'll probably drop dead in the middle of setting up a sequence," Allen remarked.

Elena Anaya highlighted the screenwriting of the film saying that it was, "the most beautiful story" she had ever read. "It's a day-dream, because Woody is a genius, he's endearing and a legend; It has been a huge pleasure to be directed by him".

Gina Gershon confessed that she had always dreamed of working with Woody Allen: "It's a beautiful script; a dream come true". She also referred to the current situation in the US: "These are crazy times; one has to analyze the situation and decide how you feel; I'm delighted to be part of this team. "

For Wally Shawn this is not the first collaboration with Allen. "He discovered me and there's a special magic about filming with him once again; it's something very beautiful; because it's his dream and we walk through that dream".

However, for Sergi López this has been the first time working on an Allen film. "The project had plenty of reasons to jump at it; I kind of speak English in a way, and I'm thankful I do".

In the film, the leading couple is captivated by the San Sebastian film festival, as well as the beauty and charm of Spain and the fantasy of the world of cinema. She has an affair with a brilliant French film director, and he falls in love with a beautiful Spanish woman living in the city, in a movie which Allen himself describes as a "tribute to cinema".

This is the fourth collaboration between THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, the new brand of the MEDIAPRO Group whose objective is the creation of unique content on a global level, and the prestigious director and screenwriter after MEDIAPRO, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, produced Midnight in Paris, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, films that have won him two Oscars®, among many other acknowledgements and awards.

This will also be Woody Allen's fourth collaboration with renowned award-winning director of cinematography, Vittorio Storaro.

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO
With a wealth of experience in the audiovisual sector, MEDIAPRO, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, launched THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, and 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 Belloso, Marc Vigil, Fernando González Molina, Javier Olivares and Ruth García. With 58 offices distributed across four continents, 14 of which develop and produce content, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO 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.

3rd July 2019

MEDIAPRO LABS closes call for proposals with over 500 ideas of an extraordinary creative talent
The projects chosen will sign an agreement for their digital development

Participation in the first MEDIAPRO LABS request for proposals has been overwhelming, both in numbers and in quality. Content creators have responded to the call with more than 500 ideas submitted to this laboratory of ideas launched by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO in December 2018, to identify audiovisual talent with which to associate and produce new suggestions and formats.

Innovative projects, alternative discourse, short fiction, transmedia content, vertical formats and the most unusual, atypical and novel stories come together in this blend of in excess of five hundred projects that make up a real talent pool.

The directors of MEDIAPRO LABS, Javier Calvo, Javier Ambrossi and Maya Maidagan, director of digital content at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, have selected the most innovative projects for their creativity, storyline originality and their connection with current issues.
The selected proposals are multi-themed: factual, dramedy, young adult, road movie, medieval sitcom, mockumentary, 80s nostalgia, drag visibility, post-kokes, trap, vertical fiction and the stories that move the digital public told by themselves.

Among the 22 projects chosen, highlights include:

La luna en tu mirada, (The Moon in Your Eyes) by Tomás Peña: road movie a petty thief-fantasy with a tremendous almost outlawed love affair and nighttime cliffs (antilados nocturnos).

Shine, by Victoria Martín de la Cova and Nacho Pérez-Pardo (Living Postureo): post-modern sitcom about an it-girl, a business environment and the heartaches of life.

Código Alfa, (Code Alpha) by Alberto Flores: a tour-de-force through the atypical history of videogames in Spain, from BUP students up to the new generations.

Indie Odissey, from Juan Carlos Saloz: an intermediary formula between sitcom and non-fiction about entrepreneurial millennials, dreams to chase and programming challenges.

Tú también fuiste joven, (You Were Young Once Too) by José M. Climent (Fortfast): a portrait of the millennial generation from the perspective of one of the most influential youtubers on the Internet, Fortfast. Love, feminism, politics, future, fortune: worries, opinions and reflections from the youngest members of our society.

Aventura en tacones, (Adventure in High Heels) by Rubén Errebeene: a drag-themed reality show: challenges and confessions from some of the most high-profile drag Queens in Spain. An initiative to entertain and give visibility to the collective.

Haciendo amigos, (Making Friends) by Penny Jay and Gakian: video podcast for Instagram with the most delirious current affairs, most outlandish sections and most militant feminism. Uncensored and unhinged.

3rd July 2019

HISTORIA premieres "ESTACIÓN APOLO", new channel production that reveals the decisive role played by Spain in man's reaching the Moon
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of NASA's first manned mission, Apollo 11, in association with production company 100 Balas (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO)

July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong lands on the Moon. His words "This is one small step for man, but a great leap for mankind" have become part of history. But what we don't know at that moment is the decisive role played in this feat by a NASA station located in a small Spanish town of Fresnedillas de la Oliva.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of man's lading on the Moon, next Sunday, July 21st at 22:00, HISTORIA exclusive premiere of "Estación Apolo", the new HISTORIA Channel documentary production, made in association with producer 100 Balas (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), which reveals the decisive role, and hitherto practically unknown, that Spain played in following the trajectory of Apollo 11. Using never-before-seen footage and interviews with Spanish personnel who worked at the Madrid station, the television channel addresses this eminent feat from a new and unprecedented perspective.

This is not the story of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. It's the tale of José Manuel and Carlos, the Spanish technicians of the Apollo Station, who were responsible for controlling communications between Earth and Apollo 11 at the same time as the Eagle, the lunar module of the NASA spacecraft, touched down on the lunar surface. They were the first to hear Armstrong's, "the Eagle has landed (the Eagle has landed)" and to see this image: the module landing on the surface of our satellite. This is their untold story.

"Estación Apolo" boasts the collaboration of a team of experts in scientific communication. The screenplay for the documentary is by Jose A. Pérez Ledo ("Órbita Laika") and Jesús Mancebón ("Desafía tu mente"), while Pérez Ledo himself is responsible for his direction with Aitor Gutiérrez ("Órbita Laika"). "Estación Apolo" tells the story of this space station, the installation that NASA had in the Madrid town of Fresnedillas de la Oliva, and that guaranteed contact and communication with astronauts when Houston, because of the position of the planet, could not do what.

"The arrival of man on the Moon has been studied from multiple perspectives but perhaps one of the most original, and most unknown approaches is the role played by Spain in the achievement of this milestone. Using unpublished footage and testimonies from employees of the Apollo Station, HISTORIA analyzes this historical moment on the occasion of the 50th anniversary ", Carolina Godayol, General Director of The History Channel Iberia.

The premiere of "Estación Apolo", on Sunday, July 21st at 22:00, is part of the Special - 50 years on the Moon, an exclusive program that also includes the documentary "The Nazis and the Moon Landing" on Monday July 22nd at 22:00 and "Moon Landing: The Missing Tapes" on Monday July 22nd at 23:00, productions which reveal never-before-seen audios, images and footage that reveal the incredible story of mankind's greatest leap.

About HISTORIA
HISTORY is a leading Pay-TV documentary channel in Spain, with an offer that seeks to awaken the curiosity of the viewer. A search for the essential and profound stories that define human effort. A new point of view that provides evidence and theories that can change our mind by providing knowledge and meaning to the facts that have transformed the world. International productions such as Forged In Fire, Barbarians Rising and The End of The World and the best local production with series like Pasión y Muerte, Territorio Templario and 40 Years of Democracy are part of the content offer from HISTORY in Spain.

Produced by The History Channel Iberia, a joint venture between AMC Networks International Southern Europe and Hearst, HISTORY is a brand of international prestige available in more than 160 countries and with a reach of more than 330 million subscribers worldwide. HISTORY is distributed in Spain via all major pay television platforms: Movistar + (72), Vodafone TV (103), OrangeTV (34), Euskaltel Group: Euskaltel (31), R (52) and Telecable (51), Local Cable, beIN CONNECT and Sky. The History Channel Iberia also produces the channels Crime + Research and BLAZE in Spain.

About 100 BALAS (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO)
100 Balas is one of the content producers part of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO. Productions include the TV series Vota Juan (TNT), Olmos y Robles (TVE) and Pepe's Beach Bar (Telecinco), as well as other entertainment formats such as Se hace saber (TVE), Sopa de Ganso (Cuatro), Feis tu feis (Cuatro), Espinete no existe (TVE), Fit Life (Fox Life) and eSports Generation (Goal). The production company is currently working on several drama series projects.




With a wealth of experience in the audiovisual sector, the MEDIAPRO Group, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, recently launched THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, 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.

 
 
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