El Deseo, MediaPro pact on TV, films

Alliance unveiled at San Sebastian fest

SAN SEBASTIAN — Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo is going into TV production, accompanied by the cash-rich, Barcelona-based production and services company MediaPro.

Unveiled Saturday at the San Sebastian Film Festival, the alliance sees El Deseo and MediaPro commiting for the development and likely production of two series, two TV movies, two docus and two features films over the next three years.

Projects are to be produced by Agustin Almodovar and MediaPro co-founder Jaume Roures. El Deseo line-producer Esther Garcia, who will oversee development with MediaPro head of film Juan Ruiz de Gauna, said more projects could surface during the collaboration.

The partners have a first option to coproduce greenlighted projects. The most

advanced in development are:

  • Half-hour sitcom “Singles,” a kind of Spanish mix of “Sex In the City” and “Thirtysomething,” scripted by Carlos Montero and Dario Madrona.

  • “Adosados,” another 30-min sitcom, inspired by the kitchen-sink rural

    village humor and characters of Pedro Almodovar’s movie “The Flower of My


  • TV movie “Escoltas,” a psychological thriller about bodyguards, based on an idea by Esteban Ibarretxe.

  • Feature film “Descongelate,” a bitter-sweet comedy to be helmed by Felix Sabroso and Dunia Ayaso (“Shout Out”).

  • Docus “We the Alien” and “Los parques naturales de China,” from Spanish docu pioneer Larry Levene, the later in collaboration with Joaquin Gutierrez Hacha.

“The alliance will help us to spread risks, but it’s also a matter of creativity, looking for new talent, experimenting with new formats,” said Agustin Almodovar.

Beyond economic concerns, “The aim is to create projects which, above all else, are of high-quality,” Roures added.

Pedro Almodovar has no official creative input in any project. His irreverant humor and humanism are likely, however, to set benchmarks for productions.

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