Publishing giant Prisa launches pic production house Sogetel under Juan Ruiz de Gauna. Head of film: Fernando de Garcillan.
Julio Medem lenses Sogetel’s “Cows”: Critics hail a new Spanish cinema.
Sogetel dives into domestic co-productions, particularly local comedies — to mostly so-so B.O.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December:Sogecable streamlines operations, appointing Bovaira head of film production/distribution.
August:Toplining Nicole Kidman, “The Others” grosses $70 million in the U.S.
December:Paramount to open “Vanilla Sky.”