Multipark readies for film

First feature is 'Angels'

MADRID — Spanish TV producer Multipark is segueing into film production with musical comedy “Angeles, S.A.” (Angels, Inc.).

Pic toplines 12-year-old Andalusian singer-songwriter Maria Isabel, winner of the 2004 Eurovision Junior Song Contest.

Other cast members are Pablo Carbonell (“Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella”), Silvia Marso (“The Dead Mother”) and Anabel Alonso (“Kika”).

“Angels” turns on Carlos, an employee at a publishing house who dies in a plane crash. He goes to heaven and discovers that his daughter (Isabel) doesn’t have a guardian angel. So Carlos returns to earth to help her.

With a Euro 4.2 million ($5.8 million) budget, including P&A, “Angels” is a co-production with broadcaster Antena 3’s production arm Ensueno Films.

Multipark is swimming against the tide with this move into movies: a growing number of Spanish film producers are now extending their activities to include TV. The company has chosen to make its movie debut with a type of film neglected by Spanish filmmakers: family genre pics.

“Family films are completely overlooked by the Spanish film industry but have very interesting audience potential,” Multipark general director Toni Gratacos explained to Daily Variety. He cites live action/3D mouse tale “The Hairy Tooth Fairy” as an example of the genre’s potential.

Co-produced by Barcelona-based Filmax Ent. and Argentina’s Patagonik, “Fairy” bowed Dec. 22 in Spain and cumed $5 million, becoming the second highest grossing Spanish film of this year.

A former programming director at Disney Channel Spain, Gratacos thinks it’s possible to make Spanish profitable child oriented pics that will also appeal to parents.

Disney Channel has acquired Spanish pay TV rights to “Angels,” while Antena 3 retains free-to-air.

Multipark is backed by powerful shareholders: web Telemadrid (35%), bank CajaMadrid (30%) and TV production house Boomerang TV (35%).

Founded in 1997 as a TV production house and thematic channels packager, the shingle’s most successful creation, cooking channel Canal Cocina, was sold to Chellomedia’s Spanish channels producer Multicanal in 2005.

Recent productions include Spanish adaptations of TWI’s format “Chef vs. Britain,” broadcast by Sogecable’s newcomer free-to-air channel Cuatro, and Eyeworks Distribution gameshow “Where Is the Money,” commissioned by regional pubcaster Telemadrid.

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