Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete
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What a difference a year makes, at least for the content drive of Spain’s Telefonica, Europe’s second-biggest telecom with €50 billion ($57.8 billion) revenues in 2017. From September 2017 to October 2018, its pay-TV unit Movistar+ bowed its first 12 original series, outbid rivals for European Champions League and Spain’s LaLiga soccer matches, tied down a Netflix carriage deal for Spain and Latin America and placed entertainment front and center for smart homes. Movistar+ originals have helped it halt pay-TV subscriber losses in Spain — giving it 3.9 million in Spain by end of June 2018 and driving average revenue per triple-play client up to €89.5 ($103.5). But the real potential for content-powered growth is in Latin America, where Movistar has 200 million mobile, fixed broadband and TV customers.


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


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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