Movistar signs up film directors to strengthen offer

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 25 February 2015

Citing 2014 as the year Telefónica began its transformation into a video company, the telco is keeping up the pace in 2015 by appointing two well-known names from Spanish cinema to produce original series for its video-on-demand (VOD) platform Movistar Series.

David Trueba, whose movie Vivir Es Fácil con los Ojos Cerrados won six Goya Award in 2013, and Alberto Rodríguez, director of La Isla Mínima which was awarded with ten Goyas two weeks ago, are to lead Movistar TV's production during 2015.

"It's great to be able to make television with absolute freedom," said Trueba, who is directing a series about different couples of various ages who are facing a crisis. "The series is inspired by observing real life, so there will be room for humour, tension and personal feelings."

After his success with La Isla Mínima, Alberto Rodríguez is working on a very different project for Movistar TV: a thriller set in Seville during the 17th Century, when the city is devastated by the bubonic plague.

"Our duty is to find talent and support creators, give them time and space in order to guarantee the highest quality for our viewers," explained Doming Corral, content director at Movistar TV. "We need to deliver the best international fictions to Spain's audience, but we also have to be able to produce quality content in Spain. And make this content quickly available for the viewers."

Movistar Series, a Netflix-like channel, launched two months ago and has recently been increasing its catalogue, thanks to distribution agreements with companies such as HBO for series including Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. In addition, it offers other international success like Breaking Bad, Transparent, The Affair and the recently premiered Better Call Saul.