Top Spanish film execs quit Drive

Lorenzo, Campoy set up indie shop

MADRID — Jose Manuel Lorenzo, one of Spain’s most important film and TV producers, has ankled as prexy of Spanish production house Drive Entertainment.

Eduardo Campoy, head of movie division Drive Cine, will also leave Drive.

Lorenzo and Campoy are looking for offices in Madrid to run a new production company, which will inherit Drive’s film productions.

They are post-producing sci-fi dramedy ” Santos,” the latest film by Latin American genre auteur Nicolas Lopez, teaming with Elizabeth Avellan’s Troublemaker Studios and Lopez’s Sobras Producciones.

Next project for the new company is Spanish helmer-screenwriter Agustin Diaz Yanes’ crime drama “Solo quiero caminar,” a co-production with Antena 3 Films and Mexico’s Canana, toplining Diego Luna. Production rolls late February in Mexico.

Lorenzo’s departure appears to be a consequence of his conflictive relationship with partner Angel Suarez.

Drive Ent. launched September 2004 as a highly ambitious company with tentacles in film and TV production, legit and music.

Legit musical “Hoy no me puedo levantar,” inspired by the songs of pop trio Mecano, has been Drive’s most successful initiative to date.

Now in its third season, “Hoy” has sold nearly 1.6 million tickets in Spain and Mexico.

Musician Nacho Cano, director of “Hoy,” has announced he’s ankling the musical.

Drive’s new topper, producer Angel Suarez, retains rights to “Hoy.”

Drive execs weren’t available for comment.

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