Sogecine at 10: Timeline

1990

Publishing giant Prisa launches pic production house Sogetel under Juan Ruiz de Gauna. Head of film: Fernando de Garcillan.

1991

Julio Medem lenses Sogetel’s “Cows”: Critics hail a new Spanish cinema.

1991-92

Sogetel dives into domestic co-productions, particularly local comedies — to mostly so-so B.O.

1994

Santiago Roldan becomes Sogetel director general.

June:The deal of the decade: Rolling in the wake of Oscar winner “Belle Epoque,” producer Andres Vicente Gomez and Sogetel pact to co-produce 24 pics over three years.

1995

September:Co-financing deals with indies Cesar Benitez and CPA

October:New helmers hit pay dirt, with Alex de la Iglesia’s “The Day of the Beast” grossing $3.7 million.

December:Fernando Trueba’s Antonio Banderas-Melanie Griffith starrer “Two Much” does boffo biz ($6.6 million) in Spain.

1996

Prisa and Canal Plus regroup Spanish film/TV assets under Sogecable.

June:Fernando Bovaira, 33, becomes Sogetel general manager.

Sogetel-Lola accord withers over issues of control.

1997

May:Sogetel teams with art pic producer doyenne Elias Querejeta. The outcome: Fernando Leon’s “Neighborhood” and Gracia Querejeta’s “By My Side Again.”

Sogetel remonikers as Sogecine.

1998

January:Artisan/Summit take domestic/international rights on Alejandro Amenabar’s sci-fi drama “Open Your Eyes.”

April:Cruise/Wagner Prods. buys remake rights to “Eyes,” which becomes Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky.”

December:The full fruits of Bovaira’s first slate: a 37% Spanish pic market share for 1998.

1999

January:Medem’s “Lovers of the Arctic Circle” draws Sundance acclaim. Fine Line subsequently takes domestic rights.

February:Miramax commits some $6 million for North America on Amenabar’s chiller “The Others.”

September:Good Machine Intl. snaps up Jose Luis Cuerda’s “Butterfly,” a subsequent U.S. arthouse sleeper.

December:Courtesy of “Butterfly,” and first-timer pics “P. Tinto’s Miracle” and “Nobody Knows Anybody.”

Sogecine tops Spain’s producers charts for the fourth year running.

2000

December:Sogecable streamlines operations, appointing Bovaira head of film production/distribution.

2001

August:Toplining Nicole Kidman, “The Others” grosses $70 million in the U.S.

December:Paramount to open “Vanilla Sky.”

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