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30th November 2021

UBEAT celebrate its 3rd birthday by tripling audience numbers
The multiplatform entertainment service for new audiences registers more than half a million unique users per month on ubeat.tv

In recent months, the television channel has joined Tigo's offer in Central America

UBEAT, the MEDIARPO Group's multiplatform entertainment service for new audiences, is celebrating its third anniversary in style. So far this year, ubeat.tv has accumulated more than six million unique users, three times the amount for the same period in 2020, while the television channel continues its expansion, adding to Tigo's offer in Central America and all this during the same year it launched UBEAT Premium and expanded its content offer.

UBEAT was launched by the MEDIAPRO Group, one of Europe's leaders in the audiovisual sector, in 2018 in a dual format. On the one hand, a 24/7 linear television channel available from the principal operators in Spain and Latin America and also, an OTT (ubeat.tv and applications for Android and iOS mobile devices), featuring over 30 entertainment formats tailored to the new generations of consumers with more than 4,000 hours of original and exclusive digital content including eSports, gaming, and entertainment.

Meanwhile, UBEAT's audience just keeps on growing, boasting more than 500,000 unique users currently consuming content on ubeat.tv every month, while the OTT has registered 12 million reproductions over the past 11 months alone.

"2021 is proving to be an excellent year for UBEAT. We're delighted with all we have achieved this year and we're celebrating our third birthday to the backdrop of the best audience figures we've ever had. On top of that, we hope to continue growing next year, expanding into new territories, delivering fresh content, and working with new talent", said Marta Ruiz de Gauna, managar of UBEAT.

New formats
UBEAT's growth is based on the success of other classic multiplatform formats including "Hoy No Se Sale", presented by Cristinini and Bruno Por Feliu; "Buyeando", helmed by content creators Xbuyer and MiniBuyer; or "UBEAT Crew", a 'mobile first' format featuring the most popular Internet talent in Spain and Latin America (Widler, Arta, Sieteex, Pol Gise, Robleis, Viole Franco, etc.), as well as thanks to the successful release of programs this year, such as "Chinder", a dating show with Dakota Tárraga and Mahi Masegosa at the helm; and "En dos palabras", an in-depth interview program hosted by Invert and Dtoke featuring freestyle stars from Spain and Argentina such as Sara Socas, Chuty, Gazir and Stuart.

But they haven't been resting on their laurels and UBEAT has continued to innovate this year with the exclusive broadcast in Spanish of LCK, the Korean League of Legends tournament; the broadcast of the qualifying street skateboarding world championship for the Tokyo Games  held in Rome, and especially with the premiere broadcast of the USN World Summer Cup, a new international freestyle competition which brings together the top 20 MCs over the month of July from Spain and Latin America broadcast exclusively worldwide on UBEAT in pay per view mode.

All the while UBEAT has continued to add fresh features to the platform and also launched UBEAT Premium, where for €2.99 per month users can enjoy access to exclusive content and additional exclusive features, among other advantages, such as ad-free ubeat.tv, all of which contributed to UBEAT appearing as a finalist at this year's IBC2021 Innovation Awards for growth and technological evolution.

Greater distribution
In other areas, the UBEAT television channel has continued to expand distribution in recent months and as such, viewers can currently enjoy UBEAT from the principal pay TV operators in Spain (Movistar, Orange, Telecable, Euskaltel, R, Virgin telco, TV Player and Deion Comunicaciones) and in Latin America, where in addition to Sky and Totalplay, UBEAT has been progressively joining Tigo's offer in recent months in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Panama.

About MEDIAPRO Group
MEDIAPRO is a leading group in the European audiovisual sector, unique in the integration of audiovisual content, production, and distribution, with activity throughout the world over through its 56 offices on 4 continents. MEDIAPRO provides the creativity and technical solutions necessary to design, produce and distribute any audiovisual or multi-channel project to any corner of the globe. The Group's Innovation Department spearheads the eSports sector with Liga de Videojuegos Profesional (LVP), the largest Spanish-language eSports organization; and UBEAT, a multiplatform eSports and entertainment service. Group company VISYON is a pioneer in the creation of immersive technology solutions including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, and the areas of corporate innovation and audiovisual platforms.

29th November 2021

"The Good Boss" makes Spanish cinema history in the nominations for the 2022 Goya Awards
The film, produced by REPOSADO P.C. and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO racks up a stunning 20 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Fernando León de Aranoa, and Javier Bardem as Best Actor

"The Good Boss" also sets an all-time record with 7 cast members among the nominees: Celso Bugallo, Fernando Albizu, Manolo Solo feature as three of the nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category, Sonia Almarcha could clinch Best Supporting Actress; Oscar de la Fuente and Tarik Rmili are candidates for Best Revelation Actor, and Almudena Amor, Best Revelation Actress

The film, picked to represent Spain at the Oscars® will also compete for the Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound and Best Special Effects

"The Good Boss", is definitely the one to watch at this year's 2022 Goya Awards after receiving  nominations in the 17 categories the movie was presented for with and a total of 20 nominees, an all-time record for the Goya awards. The REPOSADO P.C. and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO co-production is a candidate for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Fernando León de Aranoa, while Javier Bardem is in the running for the Goya for Best Actor.

Seven cast members from "THE GOOD BOSS" were on this year's Spanish Film Academy Awards roll call in what is a first for any Spanish film, namely Celso Bugallo, Fernando Albizu, Manolo Solo, in the Best Supporting Actor category, Sonia Almarcha will contend for the Best Supporting Actress award, Oscar de la Fuente and Tarik Rmili, Best Revelation Actor; and Almudena Amor is in with a chance in the Best Revelation Actress section. 

In addition, the film chosen to represent Spain at this year's Oscars® will compete for the Goya in several other categories, among which are Best Original Score (Zeltia Montes), Best Production Design (Luis Gutiérrez), Best Cinematography (Pau Esteve Birba), Best Editing (Vanessa L. Marimbert), Best Art Direction (Cesar Macarrón), Best Costume Design (Fernando García), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Almudena Fonseca), Best Sound (Iván Marín, Pelayo Gutiérrez, Valeria Arcieri) and Best Special Effects (Raúl Romanillos and Miriam Piquer).

Fernando León de Aranoa, director, screenwriter and co-producer of "The Good Boss", said, "This is more joyful news on top of the previous ones, from being picked to represent Spain at the Oscars, and especially to the public's reception in theaters. This is a responsibility we assume with great pride, but also with great humility".

Jaume Roures, co-producer of the film, added: "Films like The Good Boss and performances like those of Javier, Almudena, Celso, Fernando, Manolo, Oscar, Sonia and Tarik should help to fill movie theaters with cinemagoers once again. If on top of this the film academies acknowledge the work with prizes, we are of course eternally grateful, but the important thing is the future of cinema".

On hearing the news, Laura Fernández Espeso, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO General Director said, "We are very grateful to the Academy for their acknowledgement of The Good Boss with this historic record of nominations. We are extremely proud of the excellent work by Fernando Leon de Aranoa, the entire cast and production crew. The film has been a truly exciting journey for all of us here at The Mediapro Studio".

This latest batch of nominations arrives hot on the heels of those received just days ago at the 27th edition of the José María Forqué Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Actor for Javier Bardem, in addition to those recently announced 2022 Feroz Awards nominations in the Best Comedy Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor (double nomination), Best Original Score and Best Trailer categories.

Produced by León de Aranoa and Jaume Roures, "The Good Boss" had its world premiere in the Official Section at this year's San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it was received to widespread critical and public acclaim, highlighting the performance of Javier Bardem.

Distributed in Spain by TRIPICTURES and internationally by Mk2, the film has been chosen by the Spanish Film Academy to represent Spain at the 94th Oscars® Ceremony in the category of Best International Feature Film category, with the latest step in its US journey being the acquisition of the US rights by Cohen Media Group.

Hailed by critics as "a masterpiece", "the best Spanish comedy in years", and "A brilliant satire", "The Good Boss" is a fierce and side-splitting satire starring Javier Bardem, accompanied by an extensive cast including Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor, Óscar de la Fuente, Sonia Almarcha, Fernando Albizu, Tarik Rmili, Rafa Castejón, Celso Bugallo, Martín Páez and Yael Belicha.

A REPOSADO P.C. and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO co-production in association with RTVE, TV3 and ORANGE, "The Good Boss" went on general release in Spain late October 15.

26th November 2021

"Official Competition" goes on release in theatres February 25
Produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO

Introducing the official trailer for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO production "Official Competition", which will be released in theaters on February 25 distributed by Buena Vista International: https://youtu.be/SObvKkDEbE4

Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat ("The Distinguished Citizen", "My Masterpiece", "4x4", "The Man Next Door") and written by the Argentine filmmakers together with Andrés Duprat, "Official Competition" stars Oscar® winning actress Penélope Cruz (Best Actress award at Cannes and Volpi Cup winner for Best Actress at Venice International Film Festival), Antonio Banderas (Best Actor at Cannes) and Oscar Martínez (Volpi Cup winner for Best Actor at Venice), with José Luis Gómez, Irene Escolar, Manolo Solo, Nagore Aramburu and Pilar Castro completing the cast.

The film is produced by Jaume Roures and Laura Fernández Espeso, Javier Méndez, Javier Pons, Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Oscar Martínez executive produce the film in association with RTVE, TV3 and Orange España.

"Official Competition" made its world premiere in the Official Section at this year's Venice International Film Festival also making a showing at the Toronto and San Sebastian International Film Festivals.

Synopsis
In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do so, he hires the best: a stellar team formed by famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) and two renowned actors, both enormously talented, but with even bigger egos: the Hollywood actor Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theater thespian Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Both legends, but not exactly the best of friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric challenges set by Lola, Felix and Iván must face not only each other, but also their own legacies.

About THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO
THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO is the content creation, production and distribution factory of the MEDIAPRO Group, responsible for implementing high quality projects worldwide, developed in association with renowned talent of national and international prestige, 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, among others. Present in 14 of the Group's 56 offices , the STUDIO produces drama series, films, entertainment programs, short-formats and documentaries and among THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO's partners are many of the industry's key operators, such as HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Viacom or WarnerMedia and its productions have achieved several international awards, including 2 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Daytime Emmy Awards and multiple Goya awards.

26th November 2021

Mediapro Events produce 5 international hybrid events in the past week
The MEDIAPRO Group company specializes in events combining online and on-site formats

A team of around 200 professionals from 11 different companies within the MEDIAPRO Group were responsible for delivering 5 major hybrid events with international scope over this past week. Mediapro Events, which specializes in hybrid productions, drew on streaming technology using state-of-the-art camera systems including pole cams and drones for the events, combined with television quality production levels and aesthetics to deliver production standards that respond to emerging market demand stemming from the pandemic to combine on-site and online formats.

Mediapro Events was commissioned to provide production services for the Smart City Expo World Congress and Tomorrow Mobility, both of which were held using physical and digital versions and which required the company to set up a television studio at the Fira de Barcelona convention venue, to host numerous guests at the event, broadcasting  live program content and hosting two different productions over the three-day event. Meanwhile, the company also covered the same event from their studios in Madrid to ensure delivery of the online version.

The Mediterranean Economic Week, MedaWeek2021, also commissioned the Group company to ensure global coverage of their event which entailed the organization and handling of a total of 53 on-site and online meetings involving participants from more than 10 different countries. The end result produced a total of 100 hours of broadcast production in three different languages.

In addition to the production of these hybrid events, Mediapro Events were also responsible for a further three 100% online encounters in the past week and together with Mediatem, produced two congresses for the Spain's ONCE FOUNDATION. Seven simultaneous interpretation booths were set up for the events in order to host over 1,000 connections delivering simultaneous interpreting services from English to Spanish and sign language. The company also delivered the first online international graduation ceremony for the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR) with more than 10,000 concurrent, simultaneous connections with participants from more than 90 countries and a technical roll-out involving drones and television broadcast production standards to ensure audiences from every corner of the globe from China to Columbia, were able to follow the ceremony.

Paradigma Digital also commissioned the MEDIAPRO Group hiring a total of 500 square meters of production studios in Madrid and installing an 8-meter curved LED screen,  two studios broadcasting simultaneously handling over 500 live connections.

Mediapro Events
Since Mediapro Events was set up last year, the company, which is present in 36 countries, has produced a total of 39 events (18 hybrid, 19 online and 2 on-site), connecting participants from every corner of the globe and transforming traditional convention events into audiovisual content. Mediapro Events is part of the MEDIAPRO Group, a leading company in the audiovisual sector with 56 offices on four continents. MEDIAPRO provides the creativity and technical solutions required to design, produce, and distribute any audiovisual or multi-channel project anywhere in the world.

26th November 2021

MEDIAPRO Group shareholders agree on a 620ME recapitalisation of the Group
The Company will receive an injection in new money, reducing its indebtedness to less than 3 times EBIDTA / The agreement to be signed in the coming days stipulates that Tatxo Benet and Jaume Roures will remain at the helm of The Mediapro Group

Current shareholders of the Mediapro Group, existing shareholders associated with Orient Hontai Capital, WPP Group, Jaume Roures and Tatxo Benet have reached a Group recapitalization agreement which includes the injection of E150 million to meet the company's liquidity needs and an additional capital increase of E470 million subscribed entirely by shareholders associated with Orient HonTai.

The E620 million injection of additional capital will reduce the Group's current debt load to below three times EBIDTA, thus achieving optimal levels for the company to operate as normal and enabling the Group to perform in the market with the same ambition as it has done so throughout the past 25 years.

The recapitalisation agreement contemplates no change to the existing management structure, and as such, Tatxo Benet and Jaume Roures maintain the same level of responsibility and involvement in the global management of the Group after the agreement ratified the positions both shareholders currently shared as Co-Chairman and Co-CEO.

The recapitalisation agreement, currently in the documentation phase, is scheduled to be signed in the coming days. Parallel to this deal, the Group has been negotiating with lenders for several months on the conditions of an agreement to reflect Mediapro's new financial situation.

The Mediapro Group suffered significant impact from the global pandemic declared in 2020, with the stoppage of all its business units' activities globally. However, despite the impact from COVID, the company has managed to recover rapidly and forecasts annual turnover for 2021 above E1.2 billion, with EBIDTA reaching E160 million, a significant improvement on the previous forecast of E124 million.

The Mediapro Group is active on four continents, specializing in content production, audiovisual services provision, media rights management and the development of digital and innovation projects.

25th November 2021

Prime Video Announces a new Amazon Exclusive MotoGP World Championship Docuseries to launch in 2022
The new docuseries produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO in collaboration with Dorna will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes at the action during the 2021 MotoGP World Championship

The new world champion, the French Fabio Quartararo, Marc Márquez, Valentino Rossi, Pecco Bagnaia or Jack Miller are some of the pilots that the audience will be able to learn more about, on and off the track

Prime Video today announced a new Amazon Exclusive docuseries about the MotoGP World Championship, motorbike racing's premier international competition, which for the first time will show how riders and teams live, prepare for and compete in the championship's races of the 2021 season. The series will launch exclusively on Prime Video in France, Italy and Spain and many more territories worldwide in 2022 including UK.

Produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO in collaboration with Dorna, the new Amazon Exclusive eight 50-minute episodes will follow a number of MotoGP's premier class competition stars, including riders and team managers from the world's top teams. The series will offer unprecedented access to both the training sessions and pit lane boxes, as well as a unique insight into their personal side of the challenge.

The series will feature riders such as Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda), the icon Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT), the current champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), the new sub champion Francesco 'Pecco' Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo team), or the 2020 champion, Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), among others, including an important presence from team directors.

Many of the faces come from different racing teams and offer a unique insight into the daily challenges they face in the world of motorsport. Through exclusive footage of their day-to-day lives, the series will address both the inspiring stories of these young riders with promising futures, as well as those of the veterans leading their teams. For the first time, viewers will get an intimate, unique and exclusive look at the challenges lived by riders and teams during the season, both on and off the track, and what it takes to be part of one of the most prestigious competition in the two-wheeled world.

"Moto GP is a demanding, impressive and highly followed sport and we are certain that this Amazon Exclusive production will not disappoint its fans", added Barry Furlong, VP Prime Video EU. "We are excited to continue Prime Video's collaboration with THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO to create quality content with top stars from the sports world".

"The collaboration with Dorna and the support of Amazon Prime Video have been decisive to launch this series", said Laura Fernández Espeso, CEO of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO. "We believe it will appeal not only to motorcycling fans, but to all viewers interested in a good story. In this case one of triumph and sacrifice in both sporting and personal terms, which we are making thanks to the unique access that, for the first time, the protagonists of the championship have given to our production team".

"The close collaboration between all parties and this project with Mediapro and Prime Video will allow its success". Said Manel Arroyo, Dorna Commercial Director "Throughout this intense season, that we ended the past weekend in Valencia, the work between Dorna and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO has been constant with the idea of extracting the best and most outstanding moments of each Grand Prix of the calendar. The support provided by the six manufacturers, the teams and the pilots will help us unveil things that had never been seen before and to create a product that is up to the quality and experience that we have seen in their previous documentaries".

The docuseries follows in the footsteps of other Prime Video sports content productions, also produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, such as Fernando, Six Dreams or All or Nothing. Manchester City. The executive producers of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO are Laura Fernández Espeso, Javier Méndez and Bernat Elías, and the directors are Arnau Monràs and Jaume García. 

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO Distribution will market the broadcasting rights to the series.

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