MADRID — With a slate of original primetime programming, daytime dramas, docus and a huge archive, RTVE, as always, will be Spain’s biggest player at Mip TV. Here’s a look at what RTVE is serving on this year’s menu:
TOP MOVERS AND SHAKERS
- “Los Lunnis”
This “Muppets”-style franchise is a national phenomenon. Now airing in Brazil with Italy, Mexico and Portugal on tap, the series offers boffo merchandising ops on all fronts.
- “Ana y los siete” (Ana and the Seven)
From 2002-05, this sitcom about a moonlighting-stripper-turned-child-minder in a “The Nanny”-style family has proved a ratings winner. “A big success in South and Central America,” says Eva Zalve, RTVE director of sales and business affairs. Show’s format has been sold widely, including to Italy.
- “Dos rombos” (Rated R)
A latenight, talkin’-’bout-sex show. Sold to Italy and Portugal’s TVI.
- “Mira quien baila!” (Look Who’s Dancing!)
Spanish celeb dance contest. Sold in Latin America and Korea (Dongah TV).
NEW PRODUCT: THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN
Two new sitcoms and a dramedy revolve around relationships dealing with women today.
- “Mujeres” (Women)
Produced by El Deseo, the production company of Spain’s hottest export Pedro Almodovar and Mediapro, the show focuses on four women from the same family, but from different generations, who are forced to live together in an apartment in Madrid. Directed by Felix Sabroso and Dunia Ayaso, it is a very Almodovarian look at women’s struggles in everyday life.
- “Con dos tacones” (Birds of a Feather)
BocaBoca-produced sitcom about five very different women who decide to share an apartment in Madrid. Produced and directed by Alberto Ruiz Rojo.
- “Fuera de control” (Out of Control)
A comic look at life behind the cameras at a live TV show, starring longtime Almodovar favorite Loles Leon. Produced by Globomedia.
DOCUMENTARIES AND HOW-TOS
An RTVE staple:
- “Al filo de lo imposible” (The Edge of the Impossible)
With over 400 episodes, this docu series showcase of adventure sports travels the world, filming, for example, attempts on K2 and Everest. “It’s a series that’s been in our catalog many years,” says Zalve. “At every market we make sales.”
- “Paraisos cercanos” (Nearby Paradises)
Debuting in 1997, this global travelogue of discovery, like “The Edge,” is a longtime RTVE-produced success.
- “Laberinto espanol” (The Spanish Labyrinth)
Preeming in April, this documentary offers never-before-seen footage marking the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. Highlights include “The War Drawings,” showing how children were affected by the conflict based on recently discovered drawings made by displaced Spanish youth in 1936-1939.
- “Vamos a cocinar!” (Let’s Cook!)
Named 2004 chef of the year by Bon Appetit magazine, world-renowned Jose Andres offers practical advice and simple tips on buying food and cooking.
MOVIES FOR SALE
RTVE expects to have select territories on 12 films available for buyers by year-end. The first of which is:
- “Animales heridos” (Wounded Animals)
Co-produced with Catalan pubcaster, this erotic drama toplines Aitana Sanchez-Gijon (“The Machinist”). Written, produced and directed by vet helmer Ventura Pons.
- Upcoming titles include: Carlos Iglesias’ ’60s immigration drama “Un franco, 14 pesetas”; drama adaptation “La dama boba” (The Silly Lady) from the play by Cervantes contemporary Felix Lope de Vega; “Esos cielos” (These Skies), about an ex-ETA terrorist; teacher-pupil drama “Fort Apache”; and hot deb director Rodrigo Cortes’ “The Contestant.”