The MEDIAPRO Group today announced the launch of The Mediapro Studio and a €200M investment into its international expansion and original content output. The leading European audio-visual company will create, produce and distribute 34 series in Spanish and English, firmly cementing its reputation as a significant player in content creation.
Headquartered in Barcelona, The Mediapro Studio has 10 creative offices around the world, with 34 series underway in 2019 and a global investment of €200M for producing series, films, shows, short formats and documentaries in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, Finland, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, the United States and the Middle East.
The Mediapro Studio reflects the Group's ambition to capitalize on the shifts in global content production and leverage their prestigious track record and current position to embark on ambitious future plans within an expanding content market. The Group is evolving in its role as the benchmark content producer in Spain, growing into an active protagonist on the international stage by driving productions designed for the global market.
After more than 20 years of producing content and contributing to the international success of Spanish fiction productions, the MEDIAPRO Group is now acting as representative and the driving force behind projects designed for all markets and operators. The Mediapro Studio's structure will encompass development, creation, production, audiovisual services, artistic direction and distribution.
In addition, The Mediapro Studio is also involved in funding new projects. This entails a paradigm shift for traditional production models in Spain, by creating a global brand that will enable the Group to create large franchises, fund projects and control distribution and intellectual property rights in association with major international partners.
The Mediapro Studio currently co-produces content with HBO, Netflix, Amazon, FOX, Turner, Disney, Yle, Sony, Vice, DirecTV, Hulu, Viacom, TF1, Televisa, Univisión, Movistar, TVE, A3Media, Mediaset España and Globo Internacional. Its creative teams are working on 200 projects in Spain, the United States, Great Britain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Portugal and the Middle East.
Jaume Roures, Managing Partner of The MEDIAPRO Group explained: "The time has come to move beyond our role as a production company and to become a Studio. For 25 years, we have produced hundreds of high-quality projects all around the world, with the ability to develop global content, all the way from concept through broadcasting, including executive production and artistic direction. Because of this, we feel we are ready to go one step further and create unique content."
The Mediapro Studio also produces over 5,000 hours of entertainment programs, with original formats like “El intermedio”, “Zapeando” and “El conquistador del fin del mundo”, or worldwide franchises like “Ninja Warriors”. MEDIAPRO currently has 27 entertainment shows being broadcast, spanning all genres, from comedy, news and documentary to contest shows. It was also in charge of the first European Netflix and Amazon productions, "Los reyes de la comedia," "Six Dreams" and "All or nothing: Manchester City".
Tatxo Benet, Group Managing Partner added: "We want to be a global company, a key player in the international content industry, strengthening our presence around the world as a part of our growth. We are very excited about this step, which will enable us to increase our audience and production capacity."
Javier Méndez Zori, Javier Pons and Laura Fernández Espeso will oversee the Studio's productions in all its territories to drive creation, production, funding and content distribution, also reinforcing its presence in the USA through its New York office which opened three years ago.
With over 6,700 professionals and 58 offices across four continents, The MEDIAPRO Group has collaborated with directors such as Oliver Stone (“Comandante”), Paolo Sorrentino (“The Young Pope”), Fernando León de Aranoa (“Los lunes al sol”, “Un día perfecto” AKA “A Perfect Day)”), Isabel Coixet (“La vida secreta de las palabras”, “Nadie quiere la noche” AKA “Nobody Wants the Night”), Roman Polanski (“Carnage”), Woody Allen (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, “Midnight in Paris”), and promoted projects such as “Tres metros sobre el cielo”, “Águila Roja”, “ Vis a Vis”, “Six Dreams” and “Todo por el juego".
Currently, it is collaborating on creative projects with prestigious figures such as David Simon (creator of “The Wire”), Àlex and David Pastor, Javier Olivares, Ran Tellem, Daniel Burman, Diego San José, Fernando González Molina, Iván Escobar and more.