Movistar+ and Beta Film ink a multi-year production & distribution deal
Cannes, 8 April 2019. Munich-based Beta Film takes its ongoing cooperation with Spanish Telefonica’s Movistar+ to the next level. Going into this year’s MIPTV market in Cannes, the two globally active companies have closed a multi-year alliance deal for a substantial, annual number of productions from a variety of genres, budgets and settings for Beta to co-produce and distribute worldwide. The deal comes after Beta has closed numerous sales for Movistar+ original series, among them The Pier and La Zona.
Says Christian Gockel, EVP International Operations of Beta Film: „Given that Beta was involved in bringing Spanish productions to global recognition, it makes us extremely proud that a media giant of Telefonica’s dimension would now want to entrust us with their projects on much more than a project-by-project basis. We are very optimistic because, from the early days of our cooperation, we have come to value Movistar+ approach to filmmaking as unique in its perfect blend of creativity and marketability.“
Ismael Calleja, Head of Production & Business Affairs of Movistar+: “Coming from a very promising first stage of Movistar+ Originals international distribution we plan to evolve our initial strategy looking for a stronger and wider alliance. Undoubtedly Beta is a best-in-class European co-production & distribution player, so we feel very confident that they will help us to enlarge our Originals’ international partners network. Their commitment to our content, their excellence in performance and an extremely fluent relationship all along this time guarantee for that.”
The 16-tier Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato penned romantic thriller The Pier has been outperforming for both the Spanish media giant as well as Beta Film since its launch during last MIPCOM, snapping 70 territories so far. Just before MIPTV, Beta Film closed deals with RAI/Italy, ORF/Austria, HBO for the Baltics, SBS/Australia, MBC/Middle East and U-Next/Japan, among others. Pina and Martínez Lobato, the creative team behind Money Heist/Casa de Papel, were joined by Money Heist-lead and Spanish star actor Álvaro Morte.
The Cabezudo brothers‘ eight-episode, post-meltdown drama La Zona bows to German Free TV audiences this June on pubcaster and co-producer ZDFneo after hefty global sales in the last two years. La Zona was most recently picked up by Amazon Italy, Canal Plus France, VRT Benelux and throughout Eastern Europe by Canal Plus Poland and others, Yandex Russia/CIS, RTP Portugal and Latin America by Movistar+. It was also sold to Starz in the U.S., as previously announced.
As part of its 60th year anniversary showcase at this year’s MipTV, Beta Film is presenting a number of outstanding Movistar+ originals, headed by the world premiere of writer-actress-director Leticia Dolera’s „women’s midlife lib“ series Perfect Life, running in competition at Canneseries Festival (MIP-Sunday, 3 pm, Grand Auditorium). The late sixty’s Barcelona-set romantic spy drama What the Future Holds will premiere internationally on MIP-Monday, at 3:45 pm, in Audi K. Beta Film’s current Movistar+ slate also includes such prime product as Paco Leon/Anna R. Costa’s Berlinale-premiered period dramedy Arde Madrid on Ava Gardner’s wild days in late sixty’s Madrid and the equally farcical comedy series Spanish Shame. Both shows will be featured at the traditional Beta Brunch on MIP-Tuesday, 12.15 pm, Hotel Majestic.
For further information:
Beta Film Press, Dorothee Stoewahse, Cell: + 49 170 6384627, Press@betafilm.com