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Hollywood Investment In Spanish Co-Productions Paying Off

13 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood studios are putting the pedal to the metal on film co-production in Spain, and finding the fruit of a global strategy of deeply embedding into local film industries.

The Hollywood majors’ interest comes as the local market share for Spanish movies shot up to new highs of 25.5% in 2014 and 19% last year.

Local indie distributors’ lack of financing muscle has also smoothed the path of the majors, which released 15 of the the top 20 highest-grossing Spanish titles in 2015. Paramount, Warner and Universal all scored their biggest domestic hits with Spanish fare, beating out heavy-hitters including “Jurassic World,” “American Sniper” and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.”

Breaking historical records, Mediaset España’s Telecinco Cinema-produced comedies “Spanish Affair” and “Spanish Affair 2,” distributed by Universal Pictures Intl. Spain, accumulated a combined $105 million B.O. over 2014-15.

“The economic recovery, coupled with improvements in anti-piracy, have made the market rebound,” says Pablo Nogueroles, director general, Warner Bros. »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Guadalajara: Film Factory Acquires ‘We Need to Talk’ (Exclusive)

2 March 2016 11:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guadalajara – Targeting Mexico and Latin America, Film Factory will talk up at Guadalajara sales on the Warner Bros.-distributed “Tenemos que hablar” (“We Need To Talk”), directed by David Serrano, (“Football Days”) and reteaming Film Factory with Warner Bros. and top Spanish production players Atipica Films and Atresmedia Cine.

“We Need To Talk” will be one highlight on Film Factory’s slate at the Guadalajara Film Market, where it will be based out of the European Film Promotion stand.

Released Feb. 26 by Warner Bros. Pictures España, “We Need To Talk” is the latest play for mainstream audiences in Spain, a romantic comedy starring Hugo Silva and Michelle Jenner. As in many breakout comedies in Spain, both made their name in TV: Silva in “When Class is Over” and Jenner in “Paco’s Men” and then “Isabel,” playing Spanish monarch Isabella I of Castile.

Written by Serrano and Diego San José, »

- John Hopewell

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Atresmedia, Warner’s ‘Palm Trees’ Dislodges ‘Star Wars’ from Spanish B.O. No. 1 Berth

14 January 2016 3:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Distributed by Warner Bros. Intl. Pictures Spain, Fernando Gonzalez Molina’s epic romance “Palm Trees in the Snow,” an Atresmedia Cine production, dislodged over Epiphany “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from the No. 1 B.O. berth in Spain.

Vicente CanalesFilm Factory Ent. handles international sales.

The ambitious Spanish-language pic, toplining local film and TV stars Mario Casas and Adriana Ugarte, held its leading position over the Jan. 8-10 weekend, scoring €10.5 million ($11.3 million) at the local B.O.

Bowing Dec. 25, “Palm Trees” collected $4.97 million in 2015, and $6.3 million-plus in 2016. By Jan. 13, the film had cumed $12.1 million, overhauling Telecinco Cinema’s “Capture the Flag” as the second biggest Spanish release of 2015. The film has sold to date 1.72 million tickets.

And it is showing legs, topping $2.1-plus million over the last weekend, down just from $2.97 million, the weekend before.

The film launched at the end of a year in Spain when its highest »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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