Has Spain just come up with its own Downton Abbey? The Time In Between, a co-production from Antena 3 and Boomerang TV, debuted in Spanish primetime on Monday night, winning its slot and becoming the best local drama premiere of the last eight years with a peak of 5.7 million viewers and an overall 25.5% share. (Check out the subtitled trailer below.) The miniseries was up against The Voice and popular series Isabel, so its success is no small feat, and critical reaction has been glowing. The 11-part mini is based on El Tiempo Entre Costuras, the bestseller by María Dueñas which has sold over 3 million copies. It stars Adriana Ugarte, Raúl Arévalo (I’m So Excited) and Hannah New of Starz’s upcoming Black Sails. Set during the Spanish Civil War and the run-up to World War II, it’s the story of a woman raised by a poor single mother and taught to be a seamstress. When she falls for a handsome young man, she moves with him to Morocco and spends months living the high life. But when the money runs out and she falls pregnant, he leaves. She ultimately builds a new life and becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. She also begins working for the British government, passing information to the Secret Service. The series has high production values and looks sharp. Boomerang’s Ruth …
LONDON AUG 1st 2013 FILMON.COM – the world’s largest provider of internet television owned by media billionaire Alki David – today announced a landmark agreement with Spanish state-broadcaster TVE to stream an international version of the channel on a global basis.
The historic arrangement will see FilmOn become the first ever IPTV provider to enter into an agreement with TVE to stream the broadcaster’s content straight to PCs and smartphones on a revenue share basis.
MADRID, March 27, 2012 – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s premier entertainment companies, and Vocento, the leading communications and multimedia group in Spain, today announced that the new PARAMOUNT CHANNEL will begin broadcasting on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Spain Friday, March 30th, with the 10:00pm premiere of one of the most successful films in the history of cinema, The Godfather.
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that Oscar’s ever-growing Foreign-Language Film lineup has received shockers from Spain and Italy. Spain didn’t select the presumed favorite, two-time Oscar winner Pedro Almodovar with his The Skin I Live In starring frequent Almodovar collaborator Antonio Banderas. Instead, Spain chose the more obscure Pa Negre (Black Bread), an eerie mystery set in the years following the Spanish Civil War. It swept the Goya awards in February, winning 9 out of 14 nominations. (Almodovar’s film just opened in Spain this month and won’t be eligible until next year’s Goya contest.) It is true that Almodovar has been consistently snubbed by the Spanish Film Academy, which makes the selections. The renowned director was bypassed for Talk To Her and Broken Embraces after winning the Oscar for Spain for All About My Mother in 1999. The situation got so contentious for a while that Almodovar actually resigned from the Spanish Academy as a protest against what he perceived as unfair voting practices. However, letting bygones be bygones, he did rejoin in April of this year. It was expected that goodwill gesture would be enough to put him back in the driver’s seat when it came time to vote for the Academy submission. But once again Spain’s most famous director has been overlooked in favor of another: the talented Agusti Villaronga, who does not nearly enjoy the international reputation of Almodovar. Sony Pictures Classics picked up Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In and will release it stateside on October 21st. Pa Negre has played …
One day after Netflix’s plan to establish a beachhead in piracy-plagued Spain came to light, comes word that the streaming and DVD giant has chosen select Asian territories for expansion. The goal is to be up and running there by the end of next year and markets with established broadband infrastructure like Japan and South Korea are the most likely targets, insiders with knowledge of the plan indicate. The development follows a report in which Pedro Perez, president of the Spanish producers association FAPAE, confirmed that Netflix had approached members regarding a planned 2012 launch. In comments after the firm’s most recent earnings call, CEO Reed Hastings said that Netflix would enter Latin America by the end of this year and launch in an unnamed market in early 2012.
Netflix is eyeing a January 2012 target date for its debut in a country in which illegal downloads outstrip movie ticket sales by 4-to-1. There was no announcement from the streaming and DVD rental giant, but Pedro Perez, president of the local producers association, confirmed that Netflix had contacted various Spanish producers ahead of its launch. Spain is on the International Intellectual Property Alliance’s Watchlist of offenders for piracy with 400 million illegal downloads per year, compared with 100 million tickets sold in the theaters. Several attempts by local producers and distributors to provide legal downloading sites in Spain have struggled so far. Among them, Apple’s iTunes store, which opened in Spain in November, has gotten off to a slow sales start.