Bovaira returns to indie filmmaking

Spain's top producer quits Sogecable

Fernando Bovaira has ankled as director of contents at Spanish TV giant Sogecable to become an independent producer.

He will exec produce two films already set up at Sogecable production division Sogecine — Mateo Gil’s Mexico-set “Pedro Paramo,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal, and Jose Luis Cuerda’s post-Spanish Civil War drama “Los girasoles ciegos.”

In the midterm, however, Bovaira will set up his own production company.

The move — reportedly an amicable split — was not entirely unexpected.

As Sogecable general manager of contents, Bovaira held one of the top posts at Spain’s biggest TV conglom. He oversaw not only contents on satcaster Digital Plus but also the successful launch of broadcaster Cuatro in November 2005.

Joining Sogecine in 1996, and rising to head sister distribution company Sogepaq, Bovaira gained prominence as one of the most successful film producers in Spain over the last decade.

He was a producer and driving force behind Alejandro Amenabar’s Nicole Kidman starrer “The Others.”

He also produced Amenabar’s foreign-language Oscar winning “The Sea Inside” and Spanish B.O. hit “Mortadelo & Filemon.” These films rank as three of the four highest grossing Spanish films ever at Spain’s box office.

Under Bovaira, Sogecine also set out to nurse the careers of rising auteurs — such as Julio Medem — and to support new directors.

He can be expected to continue all these production lines, plus his association with Amenabar.

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