Saura’s new stripes

EU Media exec launches Zebra film, TV banner

MADRID — One of the best-known faces of the EU’s Media Program, Antonio Saura, has ankled his post as director of Media’s lead training initiative, the Media Business School (MBS), to set up his own film and TV production company, Zebra Producciones.

He will lead an exec team that includes Natacha Kucic, who will head international affairs, and film director Antonio Hernandez and TV exec Julian Pavon, who will jointly handle development at Zebra.

Focusing on action and genre films, company will initially produce three films a year and then ramp up to four to five, Saura told Daily Variety.

Projects look set to include both Spanish and English-lingo movies. One already in development is “Semana Santa,” an English-language thriller set during Holy Week in Seville. Acclaimed German documaker Pepe Donquart is attached to helm.

Total budget of films produced over the first year will be $6.5 million-$7 million. Company costs will be bankrolled by sales and two as-yet undisclosed private investors.

Saura worked directly in the film business as head of development for Andres Vicente Gomez’s Lolafilms between 1993-97.

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