×

The Mediapro Studio, Movistar Plus Drill Down on Upcoming Series ‘Paraíso’

Movistar Plus has joined The Mediapro Studio to produce “Paraíso” (Paradise), an original series destined for Movistar Plus’ digital platform.

The companies previously joined forces on “Nasdrovia,” another upcoming Movistar Plus’ original. Laura Fernández Espeso, The Mediapro Studio’s corporate director told Variety: “Working together was easy because when the content is clear and the platform is on board, everything moves smoothly.”

Fran Araujo, head of content for Movistar Plus, added, “I believe in the talent The Mediapro Studio is working with, and Movistar’s key objective is to create impactful productions working with strong creators.”

“Paraíso” targets a young audience and features an equally young cast. The story is set in the ‘90s down on the Spanish coast, thus appealing to older audiences as well through nostalgia for their own youth.

Director Fernando González Molina, producer and scriptwriter Ruth Garcia and David Oliva head the project.

Its story revolves around a group of teenagers investigating three missing girls in 1992, one of whom is the sister of one of the searchers. Working parallel to the official police investigation, the group will follow their own instinct to uncover things authorities may have missed.

Shooting is being carried out on location rather than on soundstages to enhance the series’ realism and. More than 95 coastal locations along Spanish region of Valencia will feature in the series.

“Paraíso” uses fantasy to target new, younger audiences.

“It will be an initiatory journey where a true friendship is born between four teenagers, three of them nerds and the forth their former bully,” explained Garcia.

Spanish rules regarding conditions for younger actors on set make it hard to use them for important roles in productions. Projects which do feature underage actors must adhere to specific hours and conditions for filming when minors are heavily involved.

“They could have told us to set it in the present, not 1992, make it a bit less fantastic, make the protagonists 18-years-old. That would have cut costs. But The Mediapro Studio and Movistar Plus trusted the project and were all in from the beginning,” González Molina said of the production arm of Mediapro, one of the largest media conglomerates in Spain. Since then, they have provided the international market with more than 37 original productions and worked with Movistar Plus, Atresmedia and RTVE, Telefe in Argentina, Turner in Mexico, Hulu in Japan, as well as international giants Netflix, Amazon and Viacom.

“Because we create, produce and distribute, a Studio was the description that fitted us best, so we created The Mediapro Studio to encompasses everything we do around the world,” explained Fernández Espeso.

“International markets are hugely important to us. Mediapro works as a worldwide company, and our goal on production and distribution is international,” she added.

Movistar Plus’ original productions have stuck to values established from the beginning of their operations. The content wing for Spanish telco Telefonica, Movistar Plus has delivered on its promise to its more than 11 million clients, broadcasting about twelve original productions a year to more than 4 million homes.

“We work hard to satisfy our clients and to deliver exclusive content just for them into their homes. Relevant and high-quality content,” said Araujo.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Extinction

    Coronavirus Causes 85% Crash in Asia Box Office

    Theatrical box office in the Asia-Pacific region tumbled a massive 85% in the first two months of the year. The coronavirus caused cinema closures, audience hesitation, and a halving of the number of film releases. Asia is home to the five of the top ten cinema markets outside North America. According to data from the [...]

  • Lindsay Lindenbaum on 'Tomboy,' Female Drummers,

    How 'Tomboy' Filmmaker Used SXSW Cancellation to Fine-Tune Her Film

    “Tomboy” filmmaker Lindsay Lindenbaum spent five years following four female drummers trying to make it in a male-dominated world. Lindenbaum profiles Bobbye Hall, a drummer who started at Motown Records in the late ’60s and later toured with Bob Dylan. Samantha Maloney, whose obsession with MTV’s “Headbangers Ball” as a teenager led her to fall [...]

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Wipe Out All of Summer Blockbuster Season?

    Say goodbye to blockbuster season — at least for this year. After would-be summer hits from Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal already vacated their release dates, Sony Pictures announced Monday that its comic book adventure “Morbius,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and virtually all of its upcoming tentpoles were being moved into the fall or beyond. It was [...]

  • Dodgers Stadium Empty

    Movie Theaters and Concerts Could See Major Attendance Drop Post-Pandemic (Study)

    After a month of increasing anxiety and self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, audiences in the U.S. are largely not eager to return to public events once the crisis subsides, according to a new study. In a survey of 1,000 consumers in the U.S., 44% of respondents said they would attend fewer large public events, [...]

  • 'Dolphin Reef' Review: A Dazzling Look

    'Dolphin Reef' on Disney Plus: Film Review

    Out of the vast universe of nature documentaries, I don’t think I’m alone in finding films about life under the sea to occupy a special place. The very fact that they exist, of course, is amazing — though when you watch one, part of the wonder is that you’re not thinking about how aquamarine filmmakers [...]

  • CONJURING DAD – In Disney and

    What's Coming to Disney Plus in April 2020

    Disney Plus will continue to expand its library next month, adding older films as well as new episodes of its original programming. Less than a month after its release on March 6, Pixar’s “Onward” is making an early jump to Disney’s streaming platform amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the vast majority of theaters now closed [...]

  • Black AF Netflix

    Everything Coming to Netflix in April

    As everyone continues to self-quarantine and practice social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no better “at-home” activity than catching up on all the new films and shows streaming on Netflix this April. A number of new series are set to premiere on the streaming platform, including “Never Have I Ever,” “#BlackAf,” “OuterBanks,” “The [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content