Press releases


28th May 2020

MEDIAPRO y LaLiga llevan el fútbol español a las residencias de la tercera edad
Disfrutarán de manera gratuita de LaLiga Santander y LaLiga Smartbank / Será a través de LaLigaTV Bar, el canal destinado a hostelería y establecimientos públicos operado por el Grupo MEDIAPRO

El Grupo MEDIAPRO y LaLiga han alcanzado un acuerdo para ofrecer de manera gratuita los partidos de LaLiga Santander y LaLiga Smartbank que restan de la temporada 2019/20 en todas las residencias de la tercera edad de España que lo deseen.

Será a través de LaLigaTVBar, el canal destinado a hostelería y establecimientos públicos que opera el Grupo MEDIAPRO, y se podrá solicitar a través de los distintos operadores de telecomunicaciones que ofrecen dicho canal, con el objetivo de distribuir la señal a todos los aparatos de TV de la residencia.

Este gesto busca romper el aislamiento y la soledad que vienen soportando tanto los residentes como el personal a su cuidado tras la crisis sanitaria de la COVID-19, que ha obligado al confinamiento de todos los residentes en centros asistenciales para la tercera edad.

LaLiga y el Grupo MEDIAPRO quieren llevar el fútbol hasta el último de estos centros para que la emoción del fútbol contribuya de alguna forma a romper con el aislamiento y la soledad que vienen soportando tanto los residentes como el personal a su cuidado.

Después de más de 70 días de aislamiento, los aficionados más veteranos del país podrán disfrutar de los encuentros de sus equipos favoritos. La generación del transistor podrá ver ahora en HD y con la producción audiovisual más innovadora los encuentros de una de las mejores ligas del mundo.

Acerca del Grupo MEDIAPRO
Con una flota de más de 80 unidades móviles, el Grupo MEDIAPRO produce más de 12.000 eventos en todo el mundo cada año. El Grupo participa actualmente en la producción de 16 competiciones nacionales de fútbol en todo el mundo, incluidas las ligas de España, Francia, Portugal, Italia, Grecia, Turquía, Kenia, Angola, Eslovenia, Serbia, Colombia, Bolivia, México y Canadá. Ha producido también eventos para la UEFA Champions League, la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, la Copa FIFA Confederaciones, la Copa Africana de Naciones, los eventos FIBA, la Euroliga y la Fórmula 1. El Grupo MEDIAPRO también fue el host broadcaster de los Juegos Panamericanos de 2019 en Lima, Perú. Produce más de 15 canales de televisión en todo el mundo, incluidos varios canales deportivos. Con 58 oficinas en cuatro continentes, el Grupo MEDIAPRO es también uno de los creadores de contenido más importantes del mundo, con proyectos para HBO, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Turner, DirecTV, Movistar, FOX, Viacom y Televisa.

Acerca de LaLiga
LaLiga es una organización global, innovadora y socialmente responsable, líder en el sector del ocio y entretenimiento. Es una asociación deportiva de carácter privado, integrada por los 20 Clubes/SAD de fútbol de LaLiga Santander y los 22 de LaLiga SmartBank, responsable de la organización de las competiciones futbolísticas de carácter profesional y ámbito nacional. En la temporada 2018/2019 LaLiga llegó a más de 2.700 millones de personas en todo el mundo. Con sede central en Madrid (España), está presente en 55 países a través de 9 oficinas y 46 delegados. La asociación realiza su acción social a través de su Fundación y es la primera liga de fútbol profesional del mundo que cuenta con una competición para futbolistas con discapacidad intelectual: LaLiga Genuine Santander.

26th May 2020

"The Head" reveals fresh keys to the story
THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO presents a new 'making of' piece that reveals part of the password to unlock the storyline of the series directed by Jorge Dorado and screenplay by Àlex and David Pastor

A 2,000 m² set in Tenerife became the principal location for the series "The Head", an international production from The Mediapro Studio, in association with Hulu Japan and HBO Asia, directed by Jorge Dorado with a screenplay written by Álex and David Pastor, together with Isaac Sastre.

Most of the series being shot on location at these expansive facilities, where the Polaris VI polar station was recreated on a real scale to best simulate the action that takes place onboard. In addition, the team also travelled to Iceland to shoot exterior locations.

But what exactly is "The Head" about? This matter is addressed in this new video piece about the series, in which Executive Producer Ran Tellem, screenwriter David Pastor and actors Katharine O'Donnelly, Tomoisha Yamashita and Álvaro Morte discuss details of this innovative and distinctive thriller.

Apart from the abovementioned stars, "The Head" also features an international cast including John Lynch, Alexandre Willaume, Laura Bach, Sandra Andreis, Amelia Hoy, Chris Reilly, Richard Sammel, and Tom Lawrence.

The series will have its worldwide premiers this coming June 12th, available in Spain from the OrangeTV platform.

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25th May 2020

"Sense ficció" premieres "Reiniciar el món", a Televisió de Catalunya production produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO
Tuesday May 26th at 10 in the evening saw the airing of the documentary which takes a deep dive into the principles challenges facing mankind after the coronavirus pandemic / "Reiniciar el món" combines first-hand accounts of Anonymous people with the opinions of the experts such as Martín Caparrós, Josep Ramoneda, the Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka and Sira Abenoza, among others.

March 11th 2020 the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, sounds the alarm around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic advances. In his statement he warns of the threat of infection of the virus and cautions that some countries don't have sufficient health-care resources to be able to cope, while others are showing a worrying lack of concern. His announcement marks the start of never-seen-before global shut-down and a brutal wake-up call to a whole series of painful truths. As the writer Martín Caparrós at the start of the documentary comments: "extreme situations like this bring you face-to-face with the truth, which is a nice way of saying that normality doesn't prepare you for it".

The documentary is an opportunity to break the barriers on the lockdown and take a deep dive into the lives of the people on the front-line of the global emergency. The documentary takes us to the Congo to meet Massika, the last ebola patient diagnosed just as the first cases of coronavirus are detected. In New York, where we follow Teo Méndez, an orthopedic sports-injury surgeon who is volunteering in a hospital helping coronavirus patients, and in Barcelona, with Leo Anglès, who has seen how his treatment for cancer has been affected by the start of an economic crisis which has seen both him and his partner on the dole. We also travel to Columbia following a group of Venezuelan migrants who travelling back to their country of origin on foot and finally a day is spent with Mujgan Alishaji, a woman from Tehran who is helping home-less, female drug addicts working as prostitutes by taking in their children in the midst of the global pandemic. Stories that reveal a world unable to protect itself with deep wounds and inequalities that virus has laid bare.

The documentary is completed by accounts from health-care workers, philosophers, historians, lawyers, journalists, artists, writers and economists, international voices who were contribute their thoughts on a world which appears ill-prepared to readjust without overcoming existing challenges. Martín Caparrós, María Neira, Josep Ramoneda, Martha Nussbaum, the Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka, Yuval Noah Harari, John Thackara, Alain Deneault, Sira Abenoza, and Serge Latouche are just some of the experts that reflect on the biggest challenges facing us as we move into a new normal world. 

"Reiniciar el món" is a Televisió de Catalunya production produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO with the support of the magazine 5W. Juanma Arizmendi and Marc M. Sarrado are the creators of a production developed in exceptional circumstances, in six intense weeks bringing together either self-recorded pieces done in challenging circumstances. Work facilitated by the management team at the magazine 5W Anna Surinyach and Agus Morales, with production from Eva Peris. 

"Reiniciar el món" was broadcast as part of the TV3 "Sense Ficció" season on Tuesday May 26th at 22.20.

21st May 2020

"Kosta (The Paradise)", THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO series with Fran Perea, premieres exclusively in Spain this 25th June on Orange TV
Both companies have reached an agreement for the acquisition of a content package to include the series, in addition to dramas "The Head", "Caminantes" and movies "Rifkin's Festival" and "Official Competition"

"Kosta (The Paradise)", the series produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO in association with Finish public television network YLE and also Finish production company MRP (Matila Röhr Productions Oy), has announced its Spanish premiere date, exclusively on Orange TV (the TV platform of Orange), this coming 25th June.

The drama, starring Malaga's Fran Perea, is part of a broader content acquisition agreement signed between Orange and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO. Under the agreement, Orange has also bought the premiere rights for its television platform to full-length features "Rifkin's Festival" (Woody Allen's latest movie shot on location in San Sebastián last summer), and "Official Competition" (the film from Argentine directors Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez). The deal also includes the series THE HEAD (international series directed by Jorge Dorado, whose international premiere is set for 12th June), and "Caminantes" (the horror drama from Koldo Serra and José A. Pérez Ledo, filmed using footage from state-of-the-art smartphones set on the Camino de Santiago, due for release this summer).

Josep Maria Rabés, Director of Orange TV stated, "our company is wholeheartedly committed to promoting the production of quality content in Spain and this alliance with Mediapro allows us to strengthen this objective, as well as to bolster the offer for customers of our television platform, one of the most evolved and innovative services in recent years in Spain, from a functional point of view as well as content".

"The greater the interest in original content from platforms and operators, the greater the opportunities we have to fortify the production. Orange TV is investing heavily in its television offer, of which we are delighted to be involved in with a significant selection of our best film and television productions this year.", commented Laura Fernández Espeso, Corporate & TV Director at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.

"We are proud to be a guarantee of quality for all our partners. Agreements like this not only confirm the confidence of the sector, but also strengthen our position as a key partner in the production and distribution of content internationally", said Javier Méndez, Global Content Director at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO. 

Nordic noir set on the Costa del Sol and in Finland
"Kosta (The Paradise)", a thriller straight out of the Nordic noir textbook was filmed at locations on the Costa del Sol, such as Fuengirola, and in the city of Oulu, in Finland, responsible for police thrillers "Hooked" and "Black Widows", winner of the prestigious Golden Venla Award, and with main screenwriter Matti Laine, author of the crime novels series "Border Town" and "Bullets" and nominated for "Kosta (The Paradise)" at the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2020, which are awarded to recognize screenwriting excellence in Nordic countries. Ran Tellem, Head of International Content at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, also played a significant role in the series development.

Executive Producers from THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO are Laura Fernández Espeso, Javier Mendez, Ran Tellem and Bernat Elías, YLE's Executive Producers are Jarmo Lampela and Suvi Mansnerus, with Marko Rohr as MRP Delegate Producer and Tiina Pesonen as Producer.

The series was released to great success in February on YLE, where all eight episodes reported audience figures above two million, both for the linear broadcast on YLE TV1 as well as via its VoD service YLE Arena, marking a record audience share in the country with a population of five million in which 40% of viewers made contact with the series at some point.

"Kosta (The Paradise)" revolves around a series of crimes that take place within the largest community of Finnish residents outside Finland, located in southern Spain. Two policemen, detective Andrés Villanueva, played by Fran Perea ("The Serranos", "Luna, el misterio de Calenda", "La sonata del silencio", "The Last Circus"), a man affected by a deep feeling of loss and with strong ties to the Nordic residents, and Inspector Hilkka Mäntymäki, played by Finnish actress Riitta Havukainen (Fakta homma, Harjunpää ja heimolaiset), one of the best detectives in the city of Oulu, who is close to retiring and dealing with a complicated family situation, will take the lead in the case.

Coming from very different cultures and used to such different methods, the relationship between both police sets the stage for the common thread of a plot in which the contrast between the cold North and the warm South of Europe plays a prominent role also, a fact that is highlighted by the cinematography work itself with dark environments and gray in the Nordic country and with the sun and the light of the Mediterranean, very present in the series with images shot on the Costa del Sol.

The list of actors featuring in the production includes a mixed cast of both Spanish and Finnish stars including Maria Romero ("Historias románticas (un poco) cabronas", "El olivo"), Oscar Zafra ("Victim Nº 8", "Side Games") and Emilio Palacios ("Servir y proteger", "La zona"), and Finland's Risto Tuorila, Carl-Christian Rundman and Armi Toivanen. 

Hilkka Mäntymäki (Riitta Havukainen, 62, is one of the best police detectives in Oulu (Finland). However, she has momentarily quit her job to take care of her husband who is suffering from dementia and whose condition is progressively deteriorating. Hilkka is visited by her ex-boss at the Oulu police station, who brings her up to speed about a case involving a Finnish family who vanished while on a trip to Fuengirola and he suggests the detective travel to Fuengirola, in what would mean a breath of fresh air for Hilkka. Meanwhile in Fuengirola, where life is laid back and where nothing exciting has happened in recent years, an elderly woman has been found dead in her bed, where she has lain undiscovered for several weeks. Local police officers Andrés Villanueva (Fran Perea) and Luisa Salinas (María Romero) search for the whereabouts of a car that was seen near the house. The trail leads them to motorhome parking lot occupied by families fleeing the Finnish winter. Meanwhile, Hilkka ends up here in search of the missing family. She locates the caravan, knocks on the door, but gets no answer. When she decides to open the door, she discovers the murdered bodies of the entire family inside.

20th May 2020

MEDIAPRO sign agreement with Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
The Clinic team of professionals, a world reference center for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, will advise the Group on measures to prevent COVID-19 and safety protocols

The Hospital Clínic de Barcelona will provide the MEDIAPRO Group with operational advice, assistance, development of prevention and risk reduction protocols and policies against COVID-19. As such, MEDIAPRO will have the advice and consultancy of a centre of reference worldwide in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases when it comes to decision-making concerning the initiatives the company adopts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. This collaboration will enable the Group to design a bespoke plan for easing of lockdown restrictions adapted to the nature of the activities carried out by the Group's professionals, and thereby increasing their safety. The Group, with offices in 36 countries on four continents, will draw on the experience and scientific expertise of the Clinic's professionals to establish action protocols in all its fields of activity, preventive measures, and health safety protocols implemented for the more than 7,000 professionals who are part of the Group.

MEDIAPRO will avail of direct advice from Hospital Clinic specialists in the areas of preventive medicine, epidemiology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, intensive medicine, occupational medicine, and occupational risk prevention. The Hospital Clínic is a center of reference for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, including those classified as high-risk. Since the appearance of this new disease, the Clinic has carried out intensive primary care, diagnosis and treatment, of thousands of patients with COVID-19, developing a wealth of research activity in all areas.

The agreement signed between the MEDIAPRO Group and the Hospital Clínic includes carrying out a preliminary study into the occupational characteristics of each area of activity carried out by the Group (provision of audiovisual services, content production, digital projects, etc.), and their adaptation to this new environment. The team of professionals at the Clinic will advise those responsible for each MEDIAPRO area at the operational level with the validation and updating of protocols implemented to fight COVID-19, and regulations in the event of travel, through training Group professionals, as well as monitoring potential cases.

MEDIAPRO will have ongoing advice on strategies for reopening programs and reincorporation into the workplace, which include validation and updating of protocols, risk analysis of on-site work, definition of the type of controls to be carried out, reincorporation and follow-up protocols, detection of professionals vulnerable to COVID-19 due to underlying health issues, and preventive measures in the workplace. The agreement also affords MEDIAPRO consultancy for the procurement of materials and also logistics for cleaning and disinfection protocols for its installations.

Specialists at the Hospital Clínic will provide training to MEDIAPRO professionals, as well as follow-up of positive cases, contact studies, monitoring of those in isolation and adapted health examinations.

In the case of business trips, MEDIAPRO will have specific protocols in prevention, advice and monitoring. Thus, its professionals can have detailed information on where, how and when to recommence traveling, preventive measures and risks for each country and its specific characteristics, with access to a health application for travelers.

20th May 2020

"La Script on Movistar+" easies the lockdown
María Guerra and Pepa Blanes reopen their apartment and are back on set / This week, the program produced by Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), features an interview with Pedro Casablanc as well as having a beer with José Luis Rebordinos

"La Script on Movistar+" joins the programs which are bit by bit returning to a sense of normality. María Guerra and Pepa Blanes have come out of lock-down to return to their much apartment, to their other home, the home of cinema and Movistar+ series. Now used to seeing each other via video-calls, it won't be easy keeping the distance between them in their now famous verbal battles. But for the mean time as Spain moves from one phase to another as lockdown is eased, the guests will continue to be virtual.

This week sees them interview the actor Pedro Casablanc, who has just premiered "White Lines" on Netflix. Distances will be no impediment as they go for a drink with their guests even though there's 400km between them, as is the case with José Luis Rebordinos, the director of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Rebordinos will talk to María and Pepa about the "We are one: A Global Film Festival" initiative, which from May 29th to June 7th, film lovers will be able to see films from some of the world's leading festivals including: Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian, Venice, Sundance and Tribeca among others. An idea which sets out to compensate for the lack of premieres and the suspending of a host of film festivals in the last few months.

As in every program, María and Pepa will be joined by the expert film and fiction series pundits: Cristina Teva and Laia Portacelli.

"La Script de Movistar+", produced by Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), can be seen on Thursdays at 22:00 on Doc&Roll on Movistar+.

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