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6 Things We Learned About Telefonica’s Movistar Plus Series

18 September 2016 1:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — Movistar Plus, the pay-tv arm of Spain’s Telefonica, one of Europe’s biggest telcos, held a round table Saturday at the San Sebastian festival to present its first six original TV series.

Six things we learned about the series, which confirm Movistar Plus as one of the key drivers, with Sky and France’s Canal Plus, of higher-end premium drama production in Europe:

1. Netflix, HBO Et Al…Beware

Netflix, HBO or any other digital platform which launches in Spain looks set to face formidable opposition. At the round table, Domingo Corral, Movistar Plus’ original production director, confirmed that the company has 20 series in development. They will begin to be made available on Movistar Plus’ linear Series channel and Yomvi catch-up/pay-per-view service from September 2017, kicking off with “La Zona,” by brothers Jorge and Alberto Sanchez-Cabezudo.

Luis Miguel Gilperez, president of Telefonica España, recently announced that Telefonica »

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Peru’s Diego and Daniel Vega Prepping Canada-set Pic ‘La Bronca’ (Exclusive)

9 August 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lima – Peru’s Daniel and Diego Vega, the filmmaking brothers behind hits “October” and “El Mudo” are shooting their next pic “La Bronca” entirely in Canada. Canada’s Nicolas Comeau of 1976 Productions, Colombia’s Daniel Garcia of Dia-Fragma and Miguel Valladares of Tondero Films in Peru are co-producing the family drama along with the Vega brothers’ Maretazo Cine.

Diego and Daniel Vega are also tapping coin valued at some $170,000 that they received last year from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture’s audiovisual division, which administers a $3 million annual fund.

Loosely based on Daniel Vega’s past experience, “La Bronca” (provisionally translated to “The Clash”) takes place during six months when a son visits his estranged father in Canada. Story is set in 1992, a time of political upheaval in Peru when its then president Alberto Fujimori staged an ‘auto-coup,’ dissolving the national congress and judiciary in order to assume full legislative and judicial powers. »

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