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11st August 2022

Bar TV, the new OTT from GRUP MEDIAPRO that offers the hospitality sector the most complete football content
Without needing to contract additional services, Bar TV includes LaLiga Santander, LaLiga SmartBank, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and all the content of DAZN Bar

GRUP MEDIAPRO has launched Bar TV, the OTT for public venues that includes the complete offer of Spanish football as well as the very best sports content for the hospitality sector. By way of a unique distribution model, the new service allows subscribers to contract the service directly without needing to purchase additional packages from any other operator.

Bar TV is the fastest, simplest and most economical way for public establishments in Spain to offer their customers the very best in sports competitions and the platform will offer LaLiga Santander, LaLiga SmartBank, Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, F1, MotoGP and Euroleague, among other competitions.

The service comes free from additional conditions, allowing subscribers to contract with the Internet service provider each client prefers in a simple and straightforward way without requiring them to be linked to any other specific telecommunications services package. Given that football is the biggest draw for the hospitality sector's clients, the service offers clients 40 weeks of football per year, more than 200 days of live matches and 1,163 matches between all competitions, not to mention the unique experience and atmosphere that comes with enjoying the games in licensed premises.

The new launch strengthens GRUP MEDIAPRO's commitment to the hotel and catering industry, which for the fifth consecutive season the group has doubled down on its efforts to revitalize a sector by providing complementary services to its activity after the being especially impacted by the pandemic.

In addition, fans can also search nationwide for the nearest authorized local screening games with Futbar, the only official bar-locating app in Spain, where you can save your favorite venues filtered by teams, as well as taking part in exclusive promotions and competitions to win great prizes and unique experiences.

9th August 2022

"Las Pelotaris", the drama series by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and TelevisaUnivisión for ViX+, currently being filmed in Mexico and Spain
The drama is the first production born from the strategic content creation alliance between the two companies

With Marc Cistaré as creator and Jesús Rodrigo as director, "Las Pelotaris" tells the story of three women who struggle to fulfill their dreams in a world dominated by men

The series features Mexico's Zuria Vega and Spanish actors Claudia Salas and María de Nati in the leading roles, joined by Colombia's Viviana Serna

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and TelevisaUnivisión announce that filming is underway on "Las Pelotaris" (working title), the first series resulting from the strategic agreement reached between the two companies for the production of exclusive content for VIX+, the premium level of subscription video on demand (SVOD) streaming services, which debuted on July 21.

Marc Cistaré is the creator of this story and heads a team of screenwriters composed of Adriana Rivas ("Locked Up", "I'm Alive", "Red Eagle"), Javier Naya ("The Boat", "Rabia") and Mexico's Anaí López ("XY", "Bienvenida realidad", "Infames").

Jesús Rodrigo ("Locked Up", "The Boarding School", "I'm Alive", "Un paso adelante") is in charge of directing the 8 episodes, with director of photography Chechu Graf ("Toc, Toc", "Champions, "Victim Nº 8)" and Fernando González ("Money Heist", "Red Eagle") as art director.

With the series being shot on location in Mexico and Spain, "Las Pelotaris" features Laura Fdez. Espeso, Javier Pons and Marc Cistaré ("Locked Up", "The Boat", "Victim Nº 8"), as executive producers for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and Natalia Echeverri and Gabriela Remirez for ViX+.

Series creator and executive producer for THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, Marc Cistaré said, "Las Pelotaris is the story of women dreamers, fighters, but above all of pioneers. Women who face prejudice to live their lives and their professions to the fullest. Women who are admired, while at the same time hated, because they did what they were not supposed to do. We wish to pay tribute to them with this series."

"With world-class talent both in front of and behind the camera and filmed at such iconic international locations, this thrilling drama will take audiences back in time and transport them back to the 1920's to learn the story of pioneering women who broke barriers to succeed," said Vincenzo Gratteri, senior vice president of development at ViX+.

Filming on the series got underway in Mexico at such iconic locations as the capital's main square, more commonly known as the Zócalo, and the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México, as well as the magical town of Tepoztlán and the paradisiacal enclave of Las Estacas, before more recently moving to Spain, where filming continues in Madrid and Guadalajara, with special emphasis on scenes shot in the Basque Country, and place of origin of the ball game.

"Las Pelotaris" narrates the struggle of three Basque pelota players, played by Zuria Vega ("My Husband's Family", "The Five Juanas", "Backseat Driver", "The Shelter"), Claudia Salas ("La ruta", "Elite", "The Plague", "Piggy") and María de Nati ("The Good Boss", "The Candidate", "May God Save Us", "Wrong Side of the Tracks", "Victim Nº 8", "Madres"), who try to achieve their dreams by overcoming the prejudices and domineering chains of the 1920's, when men monopolized power. Chelo, Idoia and Itzi are successful athletes who assume the consequences of breaking the mold in a world where women were denied ambition and sexual freedom.

"Las Pelotaris" features an international cast with a significantly weighted female presence headed by Mexican actor Zuria Vega, who together with Spain's Claudia Salas and María de Nati, breathe life into the three protagonists: Chelo, Idoia and Itzi respectively. They are joined by Colombia's Viviana Serna ("Narcos: Mexico", "Kingdom of Heaven") in the role of Rosa, another Basque pelota player.

International sales of the series outside the U.S. and Latin America are managed by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO Distribution.

About THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO
THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO is GRUP MEDIAPRO's content creation, production and distribution factory. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO 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, Laura Belloso, Marc Vigil, Fernando González Molina, Javier Olivares and Ruth García, among others. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO is present in 24 of GRUP MEDIAPRO's 53 offices, from where it develops and produces series, films, entertainment programs, short formats and documentaries of all types. 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.

About ViX
ViX offers a two-tier service which includes an ad-supported free product (AVOD) that launched in the United States and most Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America on March 31, 2022, with more than 100 channels and more than 40,000 hours of video on demand (VOD) content; while with the SVOD level of the service, ViX+, subscribers will have access to more premium content in Spanish than any other service, with 10,000 hours of exclusive content and more than 70 original series and movies that will premiere in the first year.

About TelevisaUnivision
As the leading Spanish-language media and content company in the world, TelevisaUnivision features the largest library of owned content and industry-leading production capabilities that power its streaming, digital and linear television offerings, as well as its radio platforms. The Company's media portfolio includes the top-rated broadcast networks Univision and UniMás in the U.S. and Las Estrellas and Canal 5 in Mexico. TelevisaUnivision is home to 36 Spanish-language cable networks, including Galavisión and TUDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S. and Mexico. With the most compelling portfolio of Spanish-language sports rights in the world, TelevisaUnivision has solidified its position as the Home of Soccer. TelevisaUnivision also owns and manages 59 television stations across the U.S. and four broadcast channels in Mexico affiliated with 222 television stations, Videocine studio, and Uforia, the Home of Latin Music, which encompasses 57 owned or operated U.S. radio stations, a live event series and a robust digital audio footprint. TelevisaUnivision is home to the global streaming services ViX and Blim TV, which altogether host over 50,000 hours of high-quality, original Spanish-language programming from distinguished producers and top talent. The company's prominent digital assets include Univision.com, Univision NOW, and several top-rated digital apps.

28th July 2022

GRUP MEDIAPRO completes successful refinancing
Grup Mediapro refinances its existing syndicated debt facilities with long term debt

Grup Mediapro has successfully completed its full refinancing by means of a new EUR 500m long term facility. The net proceeds of the refinancing, combined with excess cash on balance sheet, have been used to repay all existing term debt facilities.

The refinancing strengthens Grup Mediapro's balance sheet by extending its average debt life and follows the €620 million equity injection completed in May 2022 by Grup Mediapro's majority shareholders.

Following the refinancing, the Group believes it has in place an optimal capital structure to successfully implement its strategy in its different divisions and geographies, at a time of exciting new opportunities for the business.

Allen & Overy and Rothschild & Co acted as advisers to Grup Mediapro in the refinancing.

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

28th July 2022

MEDIAPRO and Snapchat announce alliance on sports and entertainment content
Through Snapchat's Discover tab, users of the app will be able to enjoy content such as the FIFA World Cup, the best of GOL sports, World Skateboarding events and Ubeat

GRUP MEDIAPRO, a leader in content production and distribution, and Snapchat, one of the world's most-used social platforms for short-form video, today announced an agreement to bring the best sports and entertainment content to millions of young millennials and members of Generation Z. The alliance reinforces GRUP MEDIAPRO's commitment to new audiences and Snapchat's strategy for expansion and growth in the Spanish market.

Thanks to the partnership, Snapchatters will be able to use the Stories feature on the app's Discover tab to follow sports content such as the FIFA World Cup, top sports on GOL and World Skateboarding Tour Olympic Games qualifier events. They can also see the cream of entertainment on ubeat from leading content creators, including eSports, gaming, freestyle and much more.

This initiative will allow Snapchat users to enjoy premium content in vertical format and via innovative experiences on mobile devices. The different channels created by GRUP MEDIAPRO will offer quality content that opens up new avenues of participation and interaction for the millions of Snapchatters in Spain and around the globe.

Ignacio Arrola, Marketing Director of GRUP MEDIAPRO: "We are delighted to partner with Snapchat, one of the most used platforms, and bring our expertise and know-how in the creation and production of content."

Alejandro Arenas, International Sports Partnerships, Snap Inc.: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Mediapro, one of the global leaders in the audiovisual sector, and be able to provide sports content in Spain and across the world with them. We believe that building local partnerships is an important step in supporting our growing community of Snapchatters in the region."

About GRUP MEDIAPRO

GRUP MEDIAPRO is a leading group in the European audiovisual sector unique in content integration, production and audiovisual distribution, with activity worldwide through its 55 offices on 4 continents and produces more than 15,000 events worldwide every year. The Group currently participates in the production of 13 national football leagues worldwide, including top-tier leagues in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Kenya. The group has also produced events for UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, FIBA events, Euroleague and Formula 1. GRUP MEDIAPRO Group was also the host broadcaster of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and the upcoming games to be held in 2023 in Chile. MEDIAPRO is also responsible for the production of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana de Conmebol.

About SNAP INC.

Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. We contribute to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. For more information, visit snap.com.

15th July 2022

GRUP MEDIAPRO will produce the Belgian Super Cup in vertical format on TikTok
After its success with LaLiga, the match between Club Brugge and KAA Gent will be the first football match in Belgium filmed in 9:16 format and can be watched live on Eleven Sports' TikTok profile

GRUP MEDIAPRO will produce in vertical format on TikTok, and open to all, the Belgian Super Cup match at 6pm this Sunday – which will see Club Bruges, champions of the Jupiler Pro League, take on KAA Gent, winner of the Belgian Cup – through the official profile of Eleven Sports on TikTok (@elevensportsbe). Since 2020, GRUP MEDIAPRO has produced all the Pro League competitions and this initiative underlines its commitment to innovation, the development of Belgian football internationally, and the adaptation of content to new digital consumption formats.

The match that will kick off the Belgian season will be the first football match in Belgium produced vertically on TikTok along with commentary in Flemish by Chris Lobanzo (@chrislobanzo), Belgium's top content creator on the video platform with 6.5 million followers. Fans will have the opportunity to interact or participate in the broadcast via live chat, in a new experience made possible by TikTok's interactive features.

GRUP MEDIAPRO will have a special deployment of equipment on the ground at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges, including a 4K Mobile Unit, 12 cameras and over 30 staff working on this exclusive production of the match in vertical format, a native experience for TikTok that will include the adaptation of all the graphics and a customized broadcast designed specifically for mobile devices and new audiences.

In a landmark initiative in April, GRUP MEDIAPRO produced the first LaLiga match in vertical format on TikTok for Spanish territory with outstanding audience figures, achieving 506,000 unique viewers, 733,000 views and over 68,000 chat comments. The production of the Belgian Super Cup in 9:16 format further reinforces GRUP MEDIAPRO commitment to creating content adapted to the new digital ecosystem, bringing the world's football fans innovative experiences and new ways to participate and interact.

15th July 2022

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO presents the filming of season two of "THE HEAD", an even more ambitious edition of the addictive international action and suspense thriller
The first season premiered in more than 90 countries, garnering excellent audience figures and critical acclaim

Shooting is well underway for the second season of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO's drama "THE HEAD" – produced in association with Hulu Japan, filmed in English and distributed to over 90 countries – with the action currently taking place in Madrid after several weeks filming outdoor scenes on location in Tenerife.

If the first installment of the series established itself as one of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO's leading franchises worldwide, this new season of "THE HEAD" takes it to even greater production heights, with an even broader reach; in both the number of viewers and in its distribution, with the majority of international players already onboard.

"One of the greatest strengths of this season is the storyline. It was a big challenge to go one step further with respect to the first installment, but without a doubt we have done so by adding nuances and introducing new themes without losing one iota of the original intrigue, action and adrenaline. With the addition of Hovik Keuchkerian, Moe Dunford, Olivia Morris and Enrique Arce to the cast, among the twenty new actors joining John Lynch and Katharine O'Donnelly, the series soars even higher, building on the success achieved by the first season, which was distributed to and appeared on the main streaming services and TV channels of over 90 countries," said Laura Fdez. Espeso, CEO of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO. "THE HEAD showcases the strength of the Studio, our ability to mount international productions of this scale, and our ambition as producers."

"From the point of view of the creativity and production, season two takes things to another level. The storyline, written by Mariano Baselga together with Jordi Galcerán, Isaac Sastre and Cauê Laratta, combined with the international cast and Jorge Dorado as director, provide continuity with the previous season, but there's now a new and exciting angle for the series – it takes place at the most remote place on Earth, Point Nemo, in the Pacific Ocean. We can't wait for its premiere," said Ran Tellem, Director of International Content Development at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and executive producer of the series.

The storyline for season two of "THE HEAD" centers around the Alexandria, a scientific ship with a large laboratory below deck where Arthur Wilde, the character played by John Lynch ("The Terror", "The Fall"), is carrying out a crucial mission in the fight to stop climate change and ensure the planet's survival.

With this as its premise, "THE HEAD" greatly expands the range of its settings. The exterior sequences of the Alexandria were filmed over three weeks on a real cargo ship, 150 meters in length, on location in the port of Tenerife and nearby. Drones were used to film numerous aerial sequences along the shipping route between Cádiz and Tenerife. The ship's interior was built in Madrid, on a 1,200 sqm set, where various rooms are replicated, particularly the scientific laboratory where Arthur Wilde works, which is full-scale and boasts a lavish fit-out including a 280cm wide fish tank.

As far this season's cast, in addition to John Lynch, Katharine O'Donnelly ("Mary Queen of Scots") returns to the series as Dr. Maggie Mitchell. Both are key in linking the storylines of the first and second seasons of the series. Portraying various new characters, this year, "THE HEAD" also welcomes 20 new actors from 10 different nationalities, among them Hovik Keuchkerian ("Money Heist", "Riot Police"), Moe Dunford ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), Enrique Arce ("Money Heist", "Rifkin's Festival"), Josefin Neldén ("The Restaurant"), Olivia Morris ("Hotel Portofino") and Thierry Godard ("Oussekine", "A French Case"), with the special collaboration of Japanese actor Sota Fukushi ("Bleach").

Season two of "THE HEAD" sees Jorge Dorado back in the director's chair for all six episodes of the series created by Ran Tellem, Director of International Content Development at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, who returns as executive producer, together with Laura Fdez. Espeso, Javier Méndez, Bernat Elias and Mariano Baselga, who on this occasion also features as head of a team of writers including Catalan playwright Jordi Galcerán ("The Method", "Burundanga", "Carnival" and "El Crédito"), Issac Sastre (also a screenwriter for season one), and Brazil's Cauê Laratta.

The Mediapro Studio Distribution will once again be responsible for the worldwide distribution of the series.

 
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