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21st May 2024

“Inmersión Villarreal”, designed and produced by Mediapro Exhibitions, opening at the Estadio de la Cerámica
Villarreal CF has unveiled its Museum & Tour experience, which opens its doors to the public this Friday, May 24

Villarreal CF officially launched this Tuesday “Inmersión Villarreal” (Villarreal Immersion), the interactive Museum & Tour experience located in the south stand of the Estadio de la Cerámica (Villarreal, Castellón, Spain). The Villarreal Immersion museum, designed and produced by Mediapro Exhibitions, opens its doors to the public this Friday, May 24.

At “Inmersión Villarreal”, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the history, identity and values of Villarreal CF in an exciting audiovisual and interactive journey through the various themed rooms of the museum, drawing inspiration from the club’s “Yellow Submarine” nickname. After visiting this innovative space, the adventure continues with a guided tour of the Estadio de la Cerámica, in which its most exclusive and emblematic places will be revealed.

The grand opening of this new attraction took place at the stadium in the presence of Villarreal CF club president Fernando Roig, Vila-real mayor José Benlloch and Mediapro Xperiences CEO David Xirau. The event was also attended by Yellows’ players Raúl Albiol, Manu Trigueros and Álex Baena; Villarreal Femenino players Ainoa Campo and Lucía Gómez; club legends Marcos Senna and Bruno Soriano; the club's board of directors; the Castellón Provincial Council’s vice president Héctor Folgado, its Sports deputy Iván Sánchez and its representative in the Generalitat Valenciana, Susana Fabregat; as well as Carlos del Campo, deputy director to the presidency of LALIGA; as well as various representatives of the city council and the municipality.

Before a press conference, the dignitaries relished their visit to the “Inmersión Villarreal” museum, the innovative immersive experience to which the club has devoted years of work and dedication together with Mediapro Exhibitions, the division of GRUP MEDIAPRO Specialized in the creation and management of museum projects, and with experience in the conceptualization, design and production of exhibition spaces for other large sports clubs.

Villarreal CF president Fernando Roig welcomed the formal launch of “Inmersión Villarreal”, the Yellows’ museum: “I am delighted with how the museum has turned out. We wanted to showcase the history of Villarreal, the city and its people; and I think people are going to really enjoy it. Grup Mediapro has done a fantastic job.”

Vila-real mayor José Benlloch expressed his satisfaction with the addition of the Museum & Tour to the city’s assets: “The history of the club cannot be understood without knowing the origins and evolution of the city and province. Villarreal's development in recent years has been admirable. We have worked hand in hand with the club for a long time and are very happy because this museum is characteristic of a great city.”

Mediapro Xperiences CEO David Xirau conveyed his gratitude: “I want to thank the club and all the people who have collaborated on this project. We choose projects that are exciting to turn into reality and this was such a one. It represents the proximity and authenticity of Villarreal CF. With its overarching Submarine theme, it is a singular and unique museum.”

13rd May 2024

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO doubles down on U.S. and English-language content
Juan “JC” Acosta named Head of The Mediapro Studio US & Canada

With new headquarters in LA and offices in Miami and New York, the studio will expand the development, production and distribution of English-language content including Scripted Series, Non-Scripted Reality and Entertainment Shows, Documentaries, and Feature Films

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO will strengthen its structure in the US and Canada with the opening of a new headquarters in Los Angeles, in the heart of the global audiovisual industry, to increase the creation, production and distribution of English language content, as revealed today by the company’s CEO Laura Fernández Espeso. The new office in Los Angeles will be the Studio's center of operations in these markets and will incorporate into its organization the existing offices in Miami, New York and Toronto, as well as the GRUP MEDIAPRO’s new production facility at Great Point Studios in Yonkers, New York.

With this new focus, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO US & Canada will expand the STUDIO’s global presence adding a new office to the 53 that GRUP MEDIAPRO already has around the world, with a strategy that will accelerate its position in the territory and will develop all genres of content including Scripted Series, Non-Scripted Reality and Entertainment Shows, Documentaries, and Feature Films, following the model of the STUDIO’s global content offering. The U.S. studio will boost the production of English-language content, which THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO has already achieved early successes with television and film productions such as The Head, The Young/New Pope, Hunting Ava Bravo, A Perfect Day, Map of the Sounds of Tokyo and, among many others, the series The Famous Five.

In the same announcement, Mrs. Fdez. Espeso has confirmed the appointment of Juan “JC” Acosta as Head of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO US & Canada. Mr. Acosta was most recently President of Paramount’s Int’l Networks and Streaming for Southern Europe, Latin America, The Middle East, & Africa, as well as President of its Global Studios Division, VIS, where he oversaw the international operations across the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, for the production studios, Paramount’s free and pay-tv networks as well as third party streamers and broadcasters. Under his leadership, the studio produced more than 3,000 hours a year, with more than +60 Originals for Paramount+.

“GRUP MEDIAPRO's primary focus across all its divisions is the expansion into the US”, says Laura Fdez. Espeso. “GRUP MEDIAPRO has been in the US since 1998. Now, we want to go further establishing the STUDIO at the heart of the global audiovisual industry and welcoming JC Acosta as the head of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO US/Canada. I’m thrilled to have JC on board. His brilliant career and broad experience are the perfect combination to lead our strategy here.”

“The MEDIAPRO STUDIO has seen exceptional growth over the last several years and their success has been rooted in their mission and vision of content and talent first. The vast array of narratives and content produced globally are exceptional and have inspired me to take on this exciting new role. I’m thankful to Laura for her vision and entrusting me with this new venture to accelerate The Mediapro Studio’s position in the US/Canada,” said Juan “JC” Acosta.

In this new journey, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO US & Canada will continue the company's overarching content filter to source content with creative flair, franchise-building potential, high-profile IP/talent-backing, and global appeal, with a proactive focus on inclusive narratives. The studio will be the partner of choice, through our elevated creative approach, innovative business models, and mission to spotlight underrepresented narratives.

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO looks forward to continuing its global approach to content creation, its infrastructure, and more than 30 years of excellence to partners and audiences alike in the US/Canada and globally.

13rd May 2024

GRUP MEDIAPRO, prominent guest at Sportel Buenos Aires
The event, dedicated to economic activity around sport, is being held for the first time in a Spanish-speaking country

Sportel will celebrate its first ever Sportel Rendez-vous in a Spanish-speaking country in Buenos Aires with a prominent showing from GRUP MEDIAPRO in what is the most important international market linked associated with the sports industry and the leading audiovisual group in the production of sporting events. With its presence, GRUP MEDIAPRO supports this edition of Sportel Rendez-vous in Buenos Aires, after several previous editions held in Miami (US).

The group will occupy a prominent space and will have a leading role in the conference program at the event, participating in the panel discussion: "Pioneers in the production of major sporting events", where Jose D'Amato, the group's country manager in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, will present the company's trajectory in the production of major sporting events. GRUP MEDIAPRO produces more than 15,000 live events around the world every year and boasts a wealth of experience in sports productions in the Americas. The group provides services for major clients in the region, including CONMEBOL and CONCACAF and has served as host broadcaster of major events such as the Pan American and Parapan American Games in Chile, in 2023, and in Lima in 2019. Now boasting a significant presence on the American continent, GRUP MEDIAPRO began activities in the area more than 25 years ago and today possesses offices in Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Mexico and Peru.

With a history spanning more than 30 years, Sportel is considered the quintessential annual meeting point between sporting federations, broadcasters and companies dedicated to sports production and the group has participated in several of the organization’s previous appointments and events, winning in 2021 and 2022, respectively, the Sportel Innovation Award for the use of the cinema cameras in sports broadcasts and for the production of the first vertical LALIGA match for TikTok.

10th May 2024

The exhibition ‘Exponencial. De analógicos a digitales’, conceived by Fundación Telefónica and designed and produced by Mediapro Exhibitions, explores the impact of telecommunications
The exhibition, which explores the change in social paradigm as a result of the arrival of each new technology and the human stories encompassed, will open its doors at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Madrid) on Tuesday, May 14

Coinciding with the celebration of Telefónica's centenary, Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Madrid) presents 'Exponencial. De analógicos a digitales’ (Exponential. From analogue to digital), a permanent exhibition designed by the Fundación and conceptualized, designed and produced by Mediapro Exhibitions, the division of GRUP MEDIAPRO specializing in the creation and management of museum projects.

From three concepts (Speak, Live and Imagine), 'Exponencial. De analógicos a digitales’ explores the growing impact of telecommunications development on all areas of our lives. From the appearance of the first telephones in the nineteenth century, to the arrival of the Internet, cell phones and artificial intelligence, the exhibition explores the change in social paradigm associated with the arrival of each new technology and the human stories surrounding each new milestone.

'Exponencial. De analógicos a digitales’ welcomes visitors with a light installation to showcase the concept of acceleration: it took fifty years for the telephone to reach one hundred million users; with cell phones it was twelve; Instagram two years and, ChatGPT did it in just 2 months. Throughout the tour, visitors will encounter eighty objects from Telefónica's Historical and Technological Heritage, which is made up of more than 10,000 pieces; audiovisual and nine interactive installations, as well as infographics and documentary material, inviting the public to reflect on how the way we communicate has changed and how this has affected all areas of life.

The exhibition, conceived by Fundación Telefónica, was conceptualized, designed and produced by Mediapro Exhibitions and for the occasion, the GRUP MEDIAPRO division created eye-catching spaces such as the light and sound installation ‘Todo empieza con un pulso’ (Everything begins with the press of a button', taking visitors along through the very beginnings of communication; a video mapping that narrates the story of the emergence of the telephone from its beginnings at the end of the twentieth century; telephones that allow you to contact operators generated by artificial intelligence; an interactive installation that allows museumgoers to consult the vast collection of photographs that make up Telefónica’s Historical Archive; a time tunnel that collects examples of some of the equipment that has enabled and improved our communications; an audiovisual installation that recreates the earliest Internet and its evolution through to the present day; infographics to explain exactly what happens when you make a call, and emerging technologies; even featuring holograms to display interviews with experts.

'Exponencial. De analógicos a digitales’ opens its doors to visitors free of charge from Tuesday 14 May on the 2nd floor of the Espacio Fundación Telefónica (C/ Fuencarral, 3, Madrid).

About Mediapro Exhibitions
Mediapro Exhibitions is the division of GRUP MEDIAPRO specialized in the creation and development of exhibition and museum projects with extensive experience in the design and management of exhibitions, unique spaces, museums, themed pavilions, cultural and leisure spaces, interactive installations and state-of-the-art audiovisual technologies (stereoscopic 3D, virtual environments, augmented reality, immersive sound, interfaces). Mediapro Exhibitions is responsible for projects including Mirador Torre Glòries Observatory (Barcelona), CaixaForum València's #LaNUBE{IA}, the Parlamentarium and Europa Experience (Brussels), Territorio Atleti (Madrid), the Sala de l'Univers de CosmoCaixa (Barcelona), eFootball and The Virtual Pitch at the FIFA World Football Museum (Zurich), Barça Immersive Tour (Barcelona) and the Museu de l'Art Prohibit (Barcelona) and the City Challenge (Abu Dhabi).

10th May 2024

ROBERT CAMA AND JOAN CARLES RAVENTOS SENTENCED TO MORE THAN ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR ESPIONAGE WITH EMAILS OF JAUME ROURES AND SIX OTHER MEDIAPRO DIRECTORS
The judge found the continuous crime of unlawful disclosure of secrets to have been proven

The presiding judge of Criminal Court No. 20 in Barcelona has found Robert Cama and Joan Carles Raventos guilty of espionage of the emails of Jaume Roures and six other Directors of MEDIAPRO between July 2009 and July 2011. For two years, Cama accessed the corporate mailbox of Roures, then A managing partner of MEDIAPRO, copying thousands of emails and forwarding them to several accounts of Bonus Sport Marketing (a company then owned by Sandro Rosell). At that time, Robert Cama was head of MEDIAPRO's IT department, while Joan Carles Raventos, on the other hand, was director of FC Barcelona’s sports sections, then presided over by Sandro Rosell.

Jaume Roures and GRUP MEDIAPRO are satisfied with the sentence handed down today and for years, Cama and Raventos had access to confidential information about MEDIAPRO's activity, contracts and relationships with both football clubs and companies in the sector.

The sentence explains in detail how Robert Cama accessed the email account of Jaume Roures and all the emails received and sent from the account, systematically copying and forwarding the mails for at least a period of 2 years to four email accounts belonging to Bonus Sports Marketing:

rcama@bonuss.com
joancarles@bonuss.com
sandro@bonuss.com
laurasanjose@softel.com

The sentence establishes that Robert Cama and Joan Carles Raventos acted in concert, describing how at some point Cama even asked Raventos if he was interested in having more information on a certain topic ("Hi, Pere Guardiola is doing bsuiness with MP, are you interested in finding out more?") and how Raventos, despite having stated that he had not read these forwarded emails, had sorted these emails into different folders in his email inbox.

For all these reasons, the judge sentenced Robert Cama and Joan Carles Raventos to twelve months and sixteen days in prison and to pay compensation to Jaume Roures in the amount of €25,000 and amounts ranging between €3,000 and €6,000 to the other six victims.

29th April 2024

Daniel Burman presents “Transmitzvah” at Cannes his latest film as director, produced by Oficina Burman (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO)
The film will compete in the Official Selection at the festival’s 77th edition and will be screened in the Cinema de la Plage section

Daniel Burman returns to cinema and does so by making his re-entrance through the main doors at the Cannes International Film Festival, where his latest film in the director’s chair, “Transmitzvah”, has been picked to compete in the official selection in the festival’s 77th edition taking place this coming May 14 to 25. “Transmitzvah”, also written by Burman, is scheduled to screen within the Cinema de la Plage section, a special event during the festival where film’s are screened on the giant screen installed on the Croisette beach adjacent to the Palais du Festival.

Although this will be the first time Daniel Burman presents a film at Cannes, it will not be his debut at the festival, having taken part as a member of the jury in the Un Certain Regard section in 2021.

“We celebrate the selection of “Transmitzvah” at Cannes, not only for what it means for Daniel in his directorial return to cinema and for us at the STUDIO as producers, but also for the festival’s decision to commit to groundbreaking and inclusive stories like the one we present in this film”, said Laura Fernandez Espeso, the film’s producer and CEO of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.

“’Transmitzvah’ is my return to cinema, my first love, after having dedicated some time now to television production. As such, returning to what is one of my greatest passions and having the opportunity to do so at the Cannes Festival has a very special meaning for me at this precise moment in my life," said Daniel Burman.

With “Transmitzvah”, Burman returns to themes that are very present in his cinema, such as family and identity, already present in his other previous works like “Lost Embrace”, “The Tenth Man” and “Empty Nest”, among many others, or the acclaimed series “Yosi, the Regretful Spy”. But this time Burman does so from a somewhat different perspective, through the story of his protagonist, a famous Yiddish singer who returns to her origins in Buenos Aires to confront her family and her past, played by the Spanish actress. Penélope Guerrero (“Vestidas de azul”, “Sky Rojo”). The cast is completed by Gustavo Bassani (“Yosi, the Regretful Spy”), Juan Minujin (“El suplente”), Alejandro Awada (“Nine Queens”), Alejandra Flechner (“Argentina, 1985”) and Carla Quevedo (“The Secret in Their Eyes”).

Shot on location between Argentina and Spain, the film deals with current social issues such as diversity and gender identity, in the cultural context of a Jewish-Argentine family.

Film producers are Laura Fernandez Espeso and Javier Mendez, who also executive produce the film together with Daniel Burman and Lucía Chávarri.

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO is GRUP MEDIAPRO’s content creation, production and distribution factory, is responsible for the implementation of high-quality global projects, developed together with great talents of recognized national and international prestige such as 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, Marc Vigil, Fernando González Molina, Berta Romero, Andreu Buenafuente, Coral Cruz and Clara Roquet, among others. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO is present in 24 of the Group's 53 offices, from where it produces series, films, entertainment programs, short formats and documentaries of all genres. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO works with key global industry operators such as HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Viacom and WarnerMedia, and its productions have won various international awards, including 2 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Daytime Emmy Awards and multiple Goya awards.

 
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