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18th January 2019

FIFA awards MEDIAPRO media rights to the 2022 Fifa World Cup Qatar™
A dedicated channel with 24/7 programming will be created for the event / The agreement also includes the media rights to the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ as well as certain other FIFA events

FIFA has awarded MEDIAPRO the rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, which is to be held in Qatar between November 21st and December 18th, a change in calendar that shifts the date of the competition to a period of the year in which television consumption by audiences is traditionally high. 

The celebration of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in the months of November and December marks a new era in FIFA World Cup history. The shift in schedule will ensure a greater following and impact on TV, coinciding with the general break for national league competitions when all supporters' eyes will be focused on the competition in Qatar.

MEDIAPRO will guarantee the best and most complete coverage of the largest single-sport event on the planet by creating a dedicated 24/7 channel in Spain for the FIFA World Cup. In addition to the broadcast of the tournament matches, the channel will offer an all-around programming schedule with analysis, news, interviews, training sessions, press conferences and historic matches.

The agreement with FIFA also includes the broadcasting rights to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ taking place in France this summer (June 7th to July 7th), in line with the Group's strategic commitment to promoting and developing women's football and providing visibility for its competitions. The Spanish national team qualified for the competition in Group B together with Germany, China PR and South Africa.

Moreover, the deal includes the acquisition of the broadcasting rights to a series of other FIFA events in the 2019-2022 cycle, including the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland (May-June 2019), FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru (October 2019), the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay (November 2019), the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania (September-October 2020).

18th January 2019

"Detrás del muro" (Behind the Wall), an in-depth and personal story of migration to the US
A documentary from the crew of "El Intermedio" in collaboration with Save the Children

Donald Trump has made the building of a wall with Mexico the focal point of his term in office, while he continues to criminalize the thousands of migrants trying to cross the border into the United Sates.

"Detrás del muro", a project from the crew of "El Intermedio" in collaboration with Save the Children, premieres on laSexta this coming Tuesday, January 22 in the prime-time slot.

Produced by Globomedia, the documentary puts a more human face on migration by introducing us to the true protagonists of this phenomenon, many of whom are minors.

Directed by Fernando González, 'Gonzo', and Carmen Aguilera, the documentary strips the data bare to reveal the actual individuals and hear in their own words the tale of what drives this phenomenon. Marcos, Lesbia, Yooselin, José, Wendy and Janet give first-hand accounts of how they have been pushed to embark on this treacherous journey fleeing the poverty and violence afflicting their homelands, the difficulties they encounter along their path to the US, and their hopes, often shattered.

Gonzo chose to find out who is really behind this wall, accompanying the migrants on the trail from Guatemala to the US border, one of the busiest and most dangerous routes in the world. The stories that the journalist discovered along the way constitute this up-close and personal feature filled with dreams and hopes, but also frustration and violence.

Here are just some of the people Gonzo comes into contact with along the way:

Marcos, 8 (Guatemala). From his child's viewpoint, Marcos explains his longing to be reunited with his parents and brother in the US.

Lesbia, 48, with her daughter Yooselin, 22 and Travis, 6 (Nicaragua). A lawyer fleeing the complex social and political situation in her country with her daughter and grandson after they found themselves placed firmly in the government's sights.

José, 17 (Guatemala). A teenager who grew up without parents set out on the journey in the hope of making a better life for himself and his siblings. The perils and violence they face along the way are too heart-breaking for him to ensure and he decides to return home with empty hands.

Wendy, 16 and Lía, 12 months (Honduras). Wendy is travelling with her baby born after she was raped in her home country. A young girl overwhelmed by feelings of guilt in search of a future for her daughter and to make amends to her mother.Janet, 24 and Kevin, 10 (Mexico). Janet makes the journey with her son to be reunited with her husband in Los Angeles. Her hope is to live a decent life in the US.

A crew from the "El Intermedio" programme travelled from Spain to spend a month in the field, with the support of Save the Children, accompanying Central American children and migrant families to the USA in search of the American dream. The team crossed the border between Guatemala and Mexico along the Suchiate River and travelled through Mexico from the state of Chiapas to Sonora, where the border town of Nogales marks the end of a long and arduous journey.

Along the way we also encounter other individuals who comprise the full family photo of migration: NGO workers, direct witnesses of the drama; or the "coyotes", who exploit the desperation of those yearning to cross over to the other side. And in the background, the roar of "la bestia" (the beast), a cargo train covering the 4,000-kilometre trip from northern to southern Mexico, which for only the most desperate and helpless, is their last flicker of hope.

16th January 2019

"All or Nothing: Manchester City", a MEDIAPRO production for Amazon, nominated for Best Documentary at the National Film Awards
The MEDIAPRO Group production for Amazon Prime focuses on the day-to-day at the Club managed by Pep Guardiola / The 5th Annual National Film Awards will take place on March 27 in London

"All or Nothing: Manchester City", produced by the MEDIAPRO Group for Amazon Prime in collaboration with Manchester City, IMG and Film45, has been nominated for the National Film Awards in the Best Documentary category. The 8-episode documentary-series, directed by Manuel Huerga, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the historic club and its charismatic coach Pep Guardiola, in what has been a record-breaking season for the English Club. The series is narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley.

The ceremony of the fifth Annual National Film Awards, based on a public voting system, will be held on March 27 in London.

The MEDIAPRO Group is a world leader in multimedia content, specialising in content integration, production and distribution. Their products have been successful in the prime time of the main Spanish channels for over 20 years and their productions are present on all the latest platforms. The Group's content division develops, creates, produces and distributes content of all genres and in all formats for television, cinema or exhibitions. The Group also produces content in the United States, Portugal, Argentina and the Middle East working with directors such as Woody Allen, Fernando León Aranoa, Isabel Coixet, Patricio Guzmán, Manuel Huerga, Roman Polanski, Ernesto Daranas and Gaston Duprat, among others. TV fiction from creators such as Ran Tellem, David Simon, Paolo Sorrentino, Daniel Calparsoro, Daniel Écija, Javier Olivares, Fernando González Molina, Eduardo Sacheri, Michel Gaztambide, Àlex and David Pastor, Daniel Burman and Esty Quesada.

Several of the Group's recent projects produced for Netflix ("Edha", "Bomb Scared"), Amazon ("Six Dreams" and "All or Nothing: Manchester City"), DirectTV ("Side Games"), Fox ("Locked Up"), Turner ("Vote Juan") and Viacom ("N00Bees"). Currently, the MEDIAPRO Content Division is involved in projects with HBO ("The New Pope"), YLE ("The Paradise"), Turner and Disney ("Miracle Hunters"), among others. Recently, the company announced agreements with VICE Studios and Pol-ka.

With an outstanding presence in the main film festivals, MEDIAPRO productions have won 2 Oscars and received 3 nominations, 2 Golden Globes, 1 BAFTA, 2 Independent Spirit, 1 Vulcain Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, 1 Silver Bear at the Berlinale, 28 Goya and 1 Golden Shell from the San Sebastian Film Festival.

10th January 2019

MEDIAPRO to train the next generation of Spain's creative fiction minds
Launch of a master's degree with the Complutense University to detect new talent, training it to face the current audiovisual revolution / The entire Audiovisual Group, including its audiovisual productions, is made available to the Master in both the academic and practical field

The MEDIAPRO Group, one of the most important fiction factories internationally, has announced its firm commitment to the training of new creative talent with the launch of the MEDIAPRO Master's Degree in Screenwriting in conjunction with the Universidad Complutense. True to its origins, the Group takes up from where Globomedia left off after more than 13 years dedicated to identifying and preparing the most outstanding creators of fiction in Spain through its Master's in Screenwriting.

The new Master seeks story creators and developers of ideas that know how to catch and maintain the viewer's interest in film, television or through new windows and digital formats. Also, given the group's wealth of experience in the field, the MEDIAPRO Master's Degree in Screenwriting will also address entertainment programs.

The MEDIAPRO Group, a world leader in multimedia content, develops, creates, produces and distributes content of all genres and in all formats from creators such as Woody Allen, Fernando León Aranoa, Isabel Coixet, Patricio Guzmán, Roman Polanski, Ran Tellem, David Simon, Paolo Sorrentino, Daniel Calparsoro, Daniel Ecija, Javier Olivares, Fernando González Molina, Alex and David Pastor and Daniel Burman, among many others.

As such, the MEDIAPRO Master's Degree in Screenwriting can provide candidates with training adapted to the present and future reality of audiovisual production drawing on their experience, the talent of its creative minds and the possibility of learning the ropes while working on productions the Group is currently developing around the world. The goal is to create a new generation of story creators and developers who deliver Spanish fiction to the entire world through the Group's 53 offices in 35 countries.

The MEDIAPRO Master's Degree in Screenwriting will be launched to coincide with the 2019/2020 academic year with the backing of the Universidad Complutense in Madrid through its Information Sciences Faculty.

Rich and successful experience in the creation of fiction content
The MEDIAPRO Group is a world leader in multimedia content, specialising in content integration, production and distribution. Their products have been successful in the prime time of the main Spanish channels for over 20 years and their productions are present on all the latest platforms. The Group's content division develops, creates, produces and distributes content of all genres and in all formats for television, cinema or exhibitions. The Group also produces content in the United States, Portugal, Argentina and the Middle East working with directors such as Woody Allen, Fernando León Aranoa, Isabel Coixet, Patricio Guzmán, Manuel Huerga, Roman Polanski, Ernesto Daranas and Gaston Duprat, among others. TV fiction from creators such as Ran Tellem, David Simon, Paolo Sorrentino, Daniel Calparsoro, Daniel Écija, Javier Olivares, Fernando González Molina, Eduardo Sacheri, Michel Gaztambide, Àlex and David Pastor, Daniel Burman and Esty Quesada.

Several of the Group's recent projects produced for Netflix ("Edha", "Bomb Scared"), Amazon ("Six Dreams" and "All or Nothing: Manchester City"), DirectTV ("Side Games"), Fox ("Locked Up"), Turner ("Vote Juan") and Viacom ("N00Bees"). Currently, the MEDIAPRO Content Division is involved in projects with HBO ("The New Pope"), YLE ("The Paradise"), Turner and Disney ("Miracle Hunters"), among others. Recently, the company announced agreements with VICE Studios and Pol-ka.

With an outstanding presence in the main film festivals, MEDIAPRO productions have won 2 Oscars and received 3 nominations, 2 Golden Globes, 1 BAFTA, 2 Independent Spirit, 1 Vulcain Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, 1 Silver Bear at the Berlinale, 28 Goya and 1 Golden Shell from the San Sebastian Film Festival.

9th January 2019

"The New Pope" – First official photo
Jude Law and John Malkovich in the Sky, HBO and CANAL+ original co-production, The New Pope, created and directed by Academy Award® winning director Paolo Sorrentino / The series is produced by Wilside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and MEDIAPRO

The first official image from Sky, HBO and CANAL+ original co-production, The New Pope, has been revealed, featuring two-time Academy Award® nominees Jude Law and John Malkovich.

All eight episodes are being directed by Academy Award® winning director Paolo Sorrentino, director, among others, of "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, Maurizio Lombardi. New cast joining the limited series are Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir and Massimo Ghini.
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.

THE NEW POPE, an original production of SKY-HBO-CANAL + is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and MEDIAPRO. Fremantle will act as the global distributor for THE NEW POPE.

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4th January 2019

1,700 children learn how to make television with MEDIAPRO in the "La Ciutat dels Somnis"
In the end of year event, the Group doubled the space to 300 m2 in the central exhibition pavilion at the Montjuïc Exhibition Centre / 20 staff, an OB van, a set and three cameras were used

For the second year running, MEDIAPRO was present at the "La Ciutat del Somnis", an exhibition which ran from the 27th to the 31st December and which sets out to encourage kids from the ages of 6 to 12 to get hands-on with over a hundred different jobs and professions at the Montjuïc Exhibition Centre in Barcelona. For those wanting to try their hand in the audiovisual industry, MEDIAPRO laid on an OB van, a set and three cameras, among other technical equipment. 

Close to 1,700 kids got the chance to try out the equipment including tasks such as script-writing, operating the cameras, production, editing among other activities, thanks to 'La Tele de MEDIAPRO' seeing what's behind the images they see every day on the TV screen and other digital devices.

The end of year event saw MEDIAPRO double its stand space to 300 m2- in the central pavilion in the Fira, in the "communication section". With twenty Group staff on hand, three actors and ten event staff, the kids took part in a workshop which saw them create a magazine show just like a real TV show, presenting it and writing it themselves as well as connecting up the broadcast to the exhibition centre, weather reports and outside units.

"La Tele de MEDIAPRO" was part of the activities related with technology and proved some of the most popular among the visitors in "La Ciutat dels Somnis".

 
 
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