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31st January 2023

GRUP MEDIAPRO to open virtual production centers in Barcelona, New York, Miami and Madrid between 2023 and 2024
The group will invest 3.5 million euros in the Barcelona production center, which will feature a 500 m2 studio and 235 m2 of LED paneling

In the coming years, GRUP MEDIAPRO will roll out this technology in all its production centers

GRUP MEDIAPRO has announced, under the framework of ISE 2023, its commitment to virtual production, one of the most significant innovations in today's audiovisual sector and one which allows real locations, characters and objects to be combined with digitally created ones either during a shoot or in other types of audiovisual productions. The group has launched an ambitious strategic plan which will see four 'virtual production' centers open in 2023-2024 where the latest LED and 'green room' (chroma) technology will be combined.

GRUP MEDIAPRO, a leader in the European audiovisual sector in content integration, and audiovisual production and distribution, undertakes in the first phase of the project to create two virtual production studios located in the cities of Barcelona and New York (United States). The Barcelona facilities will be located in the IMAGINA production center at 22@, Europe's largest urban audiovisual production center. The 500 m2 studio will be operational by the end of 2023 and include 235 m2 of LED panels, fully surrounding the stage from walls to ceiling. The space will also include a 'green room' (chroma), so that in every case, whichever is the most suitable technology can be used. The planned investment for the Barcelona project is 3.5 million euros. GRUP MEDIAPRO is already using virtual production in provisional facilities in Madrid and Barcelona. GRUP MEDIAPRO is embarking on this new challenge together, and on a collaborative basis, with the technological partners who are the best for each particular project.

In the third quarter of this year, GRUP MEDIAPRO will add a second virtual production center, to be located in an urban area of New York City and with 1,500 m2 of facilities. The second phase of this landmark strategic plan will be completed with the initiation, from 2024, of two more centers of this type in Miami (United States) and Madrid.

In later phases, GRUP MEDIAPRO will expand the implementation of this technology to all its production centers. Currently, the group has production centers in Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Toronto, Bogotá, New York, Miami, Mexico City, Lima and Lisbon. Together, they span over 350,000 m2.

Virtual production is the new way of shooting in which the real environment is simultaneously combined with elements created digitally using Unreal Engine technology. This method of filming allows new audiovisual frontiers to be explored because it offers endless possibilities for customization without compromising the production.

Shooting with VP offers multiple advantages, such as being able to recreate, on the same set, a large number of scenarios and situations with a high degree of realism yet without changing locations and without the need for long and complex post-production processes. Virtual production allows greater creative control for directors, filmmakers, and art and photography directors, since they can always see how the final result will look.

In addition to its creative and economic advantages, this new way of producing content has significant benefits in terms of environmental impact. According to analysis by Sony Pictures, virtual production causes 76% to 80% less CO2e emissions than one day of a conventional, on-location shoot.

About GRUP MEDIAPRO
GRUP MEDIAPRO is a leading group in the European audiovisual sector, unique in content integration, production and audiovisual distribution. With over 8,000 professionals and operations worldwide through its 52 offices spanning 31 countries on 4 continents, GRUP MEDIAPRO provides the creativity and technical solutions necessary to design, produce and distribute any audiovisual project.

28th January 2023

"Official Competition", produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, wins the Feroz award For Best Comedy Film
Directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn and starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez, the film has been rated among the favorites of the year by international media such as Rotten Tomatoes and Rolling Stone, and enjoyed an excellent commercial run worldwide since its premiere at the 2021 Venice Film Festival

"Official Competition" had a general release in Spain, Latin America, Italy, France, Portugal and the United States, where it received excellent reviews describing it as "hilarious", "fresh", "brilliant" and "wickedly funny"

"Official Competition", a film produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, has won the Feroz award for Best Comedy Film at a ceremony held this Saturday, January 28th, in Zaragoza (Spain). The award was made by the AICE (Spanish Film Industry Press & Critics Association).

Starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez, "Official Competition" adds this accolade to its nomination for Best Cinematography at the Goya Awards to be held on February 11th in Seville (Spain). The feature film has also been hailed as one of the most acclaimed films of the year by prestigious international media such as Rolling Stone, The Times and The Guardian, among others. Recently, the US website rottentomatoes.com, a worldwide benchmark for film and television reviews and ratings, included it in its list of the 10 best comedies of 2022.

The movie, directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn and starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez, has had an excellent run in cinemas globally career since its premiere in the official section of the 2021 Venice Film Festival and its screening at other major film festivals in San Sebastián, Toronto and Tribeca.

After its debut in Spain and Argentina, in February and March 2022 respectively, "Official Competition" was also screened in theaters in the United States, Latin America, Italy, Portugal and France.

In "Official Competition", Duprat and Cohn, together with screenwriter Andrés Duprat, introduce a delightful film within a film that's packed with irony and flawless performances by actors playing with their own triggers from the world of acting. In addition to Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, the third member of the main trio, Oscar Martínez, also shines, together with the brief but nevertheless outstanding appearances of José Luis Gómez, Irene Escolar, Pilar Castro, Manolo Solo and Nagore Aranburu, among others.

Produced by Jaume Roures and with Laura Fernández Espeso, Javier Méndez, Javier Pons, Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Oscar Martínez as executive producers, in collaboration with RTVE, TV3 and Orange Spain.

Protagonist Pictures are responsible for international sales of the film.

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 the Group's 52 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.

26th January 2023

NEW JUDICIAL BLOW FOR RUBIALES' MISMANAGEMENT AS HEAD OF THE RFEF
Fourth conviction in just over a year for an unjustifiable hostile attitude towards MEDIAPRO

The Provincial Court of Madrid has ordered the RFEF to pay 242,000 euros plus interest

The decision of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), headed by Luis Rubiales, to impede GOL and beIN SPORTS from broadcasting the final of the 2019 Copa de la Reina will cost it 242,000 euros plus interest. This is the compensation requested by MEDIAPRO and that the Provincial Court of Madrid has accepted in full. It is the fourth time in twelve months that the courts have condemned the erratic and personality-driven management of Luis Rubiales at the helm of the RFEF. This long list of lost cases confirms the unjustified and arbitrary actions of the Federation president against MEDIAPRO. On three previous occasions, the Courts have ruled in favor of MEDIAPRO due to the illegal actions of the Federation in excluding MEDIAPRO from tenders for the award of VAR services, the commercialization of the media rights for the 2019-2022 seasons of the Copa del Rey, and the broadcast rights for the 2019 Copa del Rey final.

The match between Atlético de Madrid and Real Sociedad was held on May 11, 2019, at the Nuevo Estadio de los Cármenes in Granada. Despite the existence of an agreement between the RFEF and MEDIAPRO covering the 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons and allowing the production and broadcast of 3 matches of the Liga de Fútbol Femenino (Women's Soccer League) and the final phase of the Cup, a few days before the match, the Federation informed MEDIAPRO that it could not broadcast the match. This decision did nothing but harm the interests of women's football, something Luis Rubiales claims so much to defend. In his hostile attitude towards MEDIAPRO, the president of the RFEF argued that there was no agreement between the parties, despite the fact that MEDIAPRO channels had until then broadcast 265 matches of the First Division of the Liga Femenina and 20 of the Copa de la Reina.

This new blow for the RFEF confirms the poor management by the president of the Federation and the serious harm it implies for football in general and women's football in particular, squandering funds that should be used for other purposes.

GOL and GRUP MEDIAPRO's commitment to giving women's football more visibility and including it on TV began 9 seasons ago, with 500 matches broadcast since then. This commitment has made a decisive contribution to the growth and expansion of women's football in our country.

25th January 2023

Prime Video announces second season of "Primate", the acclaimed series produced by The Mediapro Studio in Colombia
After its season one success, the second season will launch exclusively on Prime Video in the US and Latin America

Prime Video has announced the start of filming for the second season of "Primate", the politically incorrect comedy-drama that tells the story of Willam Days, a famous actor who never thought of growing old and all that that entails. In this second season, Days returns to the ring with new insecurities and the affective irresponsibility typical of spoiled hominids. But above all, he will have to deal with a deep identity crisis, which will lead him to try to rediscover himself.

Produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO Colombia, the series is created by Andrés Burgos (Noticia de un secuestro, Crime Diaries) and directed by Andrés Beltrán (Wild Rhythm, MalaYerba) who is also an executive producer along with Christian Tappan (Wild District, The Great Heist), Laura Fernández Espeso (The Head, Paradise, The Boarding School), Catalina Porto (A Grito Herido, Wild Rhythm), Javier Méndez ("Primate", Express), Javier Pons (Paradise, Nasdrovia) and Catalina Figueroa (Siempre Fui Yo, "Primate").

Season two of "Primate" stars Christan Tappan, who also created the series, based on real anecdotes inspired by his own biography, along with Diego Cadavid, Juan Pablo Urrego, Natasha Klauss, Laura de León and Katherine Porto, Luciana Tappan and Jerónimo Barón, among others.

This new installment will once consist of eight 25-minute episodes and has received the CINA (Audiovisual Investment Certificate) incentive granted by the Colombian Government and administered by Proimágenes Colombia - a tax incentive equivalent to 35% of spending on audiovisual services in the country.

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 the Group's 52 offices, from where it produces series, films, entertainment programs, short formats and documentaries. THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO works with key global industry operators such as HBO, Netflix, Amazon, DirectTV, Fox, Viacom, Yle and Disney, and its productions have won various international awards, including 2 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, multiple Goya awards, and 2 Daytime Emmy Awards.

About Proimágenes Colombia
Dedicated to the development of the Colombian film industry, Proimágenes Colombia (Mixed Film Promotion Fund) is an autonomous non-profit entity supported by the public and private sectors. It administers the Film Development Fund (FDC), which provides cash resources for national productions and co-productions and represents Colombian cinema internationally. It also manages the Colombia Film Commission which promotes the country as a film location, supporting national and international productions with cash resources and tax incentives for international audiovisual projects.

20th January 2023

RTVE preparing "El conquistador del Caribe", the most extreme adventure reality show produced in collaboration with Hostoil (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO)
With 19 hugely successful seasons on ETB, the show is the most talked about program in the Basque Country

Three teams face the triple challenge of extreme heat, nasty animal life and the jungle in places such as Patagonia, Aconcagua, the Amazon and the Caribbean

RTVE is currently preparing "El Conquistador del Caribe", one of the big entertainment hits on La 1 for the coming months. The big-budget game show produced in collaboration with Hostoil (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), is the toughest reality show on television, filmed in an apparent paradise but scratch below the surface and it's an inhospitable place as you can imagine pushing the contestants' physical and mental strength to the limit.

"El Conquistador del Caribe" hits RTVE screens on the back of excellent viewing figures on the second channel on ETB, the Basque regional network where it's still going strong after 18 years. Season after season, the show is in number one spot with viewer share over 25% and with the 19th season recently kicking off with a 26.7% share on its first day back.

With sporting challenge the essence of the show, three teams will be facing up to the challenge of extreme heat and humidity, lots of nasty animal life and the danger of the jungle in places such as Patagonia, Aconcagua, the Amazon and the Caribbean. In these difficult conditions, the contestants will have to overcome the testing challenges whilst also being able to get along with and cohabit with their team-mates as well as competing at the same time.

The long-running show has picked up a host of awards over the years with highlights being the TV Academy award for Best Regional Network Show in 2008. Presented by Julian Iantzi, the Iris 2021 award winner for Best Regional Network Presenter and known nationally as the presenter of the San Fermin Festival programming schedule along with Patxi Alonso, the program creator and Hostoil executive producer will also be joining him as the master of ceremonies for the follow-up debate shows. Head of direction is Joxean Goñi.

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 the Group's 52 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.

20th January 2023

"Official Competition" and "The Good Boss", produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, among the best comedies from 2022 on Rottentomatoes.com
This is the first time since its launch that the world-renowned TV and film review site includes two Spanish films in the same list

"Official Competition" is in the running for the Best Comedy award at the upcoming Feroz Awards and Best Cinematography at the Goya Awards

"The Good Boss" has rounded off a year of successes including picking up 29 prestigious awards, including the Goya for Best Film

"The Good Boss" and "Official Competition", both films produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, have been included in the list of the 10 best comedies of 2022 prepared by Rottentomatoes.com, the US review-aggregation website for film and television and benchmark worldwide. It is not usual for Spanish productions to enter this type of classification and it is the first time that they include two titles from our country in the same list.

Those responsible for Rottentomatos.com, say of "Official Competition", directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, "Its premise may resonate most with hardcore film fans, but Official Competition's tight focus and sharp humor have a universal appeal".

Starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez, "Official Competition" adds this recognition to the nomination for Best Comedy Film at the upcoming 2023 Feroz Awards and the candidacy for Best Cinematography at the Goya Awards. The feature is also one of the most highly-acclaimed films by other prestigious international media, including Rolling Stone, The Times and The Guardian, among others.

With its inclusion in the list of Rottenttomatoes.com, "The Good Boss", produced by Reposado P.C. AND THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, adds yet another accolade to the 29 awards the film written and directed by Fernando León de Aranoa has already received, including six Goya, three Feroz, four Platinum awards and the award for Best European Comedy at the European Films Awards and also noteworthy is that the movie starring Javier Bardem is also listed among the favorites in 2022 for former US President Barack Obama.

Rottentomatoes.com explains its choice of "The Good Boss" saying, "Led by Javier Bardem's charismatic performance and writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa's sharp humor, 'The Good Boss' is a workplace satire worthy of promotion".

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 24 of the Group's 52 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.

 
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