José María Álvarez-Pallete
Courtesy of Telefónica



Chairman / CEO

Under Álvarez-Pallete, Movistar Plus, the pay-TV division of Spain’s Telefónica, has produced 21 original series, 13 returnees and one original film since 2017. It’s now looking to grow even more, scaling up on both series size and corporate reach. In August, producing with AMC Studios, Movistar Plus rolled on epic adventure “La Fortuna,” from Alejandro Amenábar of “The Others,” one of Spain’s biggest series. By summer, the first projects were starting to roll out from Buendía Estudios, a joint venture with Atres­media designed to create content for third-party streaming platforms, tapping creative talent from Spain and Latin America. The scale on which those projects will often be made, if only to realize the talent’s artistic ambitions, means Movistar Plus is poised to partner ever more with deep-pocketed U.S. players.


  • Benito & Monjardín/Kidder, Peabody & Co. (DEFUNCT)
  • Arthur Young Auditors (DEFUNCT)
  • Compañía Telefónica Nacional de España


  • Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
  • Free University of Brussels (Belgium)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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