With just two weeks to go until Mipcom, Beta Film has picked up two new high-end originals from Spanish streaming platform Movistar+. The action packed thriller La Unidad and the drama Tell Me Who I Am will be highlights of Movistar+’s 2020 series line-up and Beta’s in-production slate for this year’s market in Cannes.
Earlier this year, Beta and Movistar+ closed a multi-year programming alliance for Beta to co-produce and distribute Movistar+-titles worldwide.
During the latest MIP markets, Beta had already presented several Movistar+ originals, among them world premieres of Alex Pina’s The Pier at Mipcom 2018 and Leticia Dolera‘s Perfect Life, multiple winner of this year’s Canneseries festival. Paco Leon’s dramedy Arde Madrid was just honored as Best European Series at the Festival de la Fiction in La Rochelle.
While shooting is still underway for La Unidad and Tell Me Who I Am, Beta’s Swedish thriller series Agent Hamilton has just left the editing room and is about to celebrate its red carpet world premiere in the prestigious Grand Auditorium at Cannes’ Palais des Festivals on MIP Sunday, Oct 13th, 6.30 pm. Furthermore, the Canadian crime series The Wall – Cover Your Tracks will be presented at an International Screening on Monday, Oct 14th.
The North-African Spanish enclave of Melilla as well as Tangiers/Morocco, Toulouse and Perpignan/France, Lagos/Nigeria, Madrid and Girona in Spain are the backdrops of the action-laden, yet highly close-to-home emotional La Unidad: In this near-future vision, Southern Europe and Northern Africa are under attack by a comprehensive Islamist terrorist group aiming at the “reconquista” of the Iberian Peninsula.
Head of the counter-terrorist squad is Carla, not only going through a painful separation with her ex-husband and first officer but also does all she can to be a good mother to her 7-year old daughter. The six-hour high budget-show, which is currently in post-production and due to be delivered next spring, is created by an award winning team around Dani de la Torre and Alberto Marini (El Desconocido/Retribution), starring Nathalie Poza (Cathedral of the Sea), Michel Noher and Marian Álvarez (Velvet Collection).
La Unidad is produced by Movistar+ in collaboration with Vaca Films and Beta Film.
Tell Me Who I Am is based on one of the most successful Spanish novels in recent years, “Dime Quién Soy” of Julia Navarro, released to 32 territories, among them the US, Germany and Italy, with more than one million copies sold. The journey through the dazzling twentieth century, from Civil War, and WWII to the fall of the Berlin wall, follows mysterious Amalia Garayoa, a well-off girl turned revolutionary on the course to radical changes in her life.
Tell Me Who I Am (Movistar+ in collaboration with DLO Producciones and Beta Film) stars Goya winning Irene Escolar and Maria Pia Calzone (Gomorrah) and is directed by Eduard Cortés (Merli).
Celebrating its world premiere at Mipcom and also based on a famous literary property is the Swedish thriller series Agent Hamilton by Erik Leijonborg (The Last Kingdom). The ten-hour show is produced by Patrick Nebout (Midnight Sun) with his Dramacorp-Pampas Studios and TV4, C More, Beta Film and ZDF.
The show follows Swedish Secret Service agent Carl Hamilton (Jakob Oftebro, Below the Surface), who is caught up in a murder investigation that seems to be linked to a series of cyber-attacks across Scandinavia. In the eight-hour crime Canadian series The Wall – Cover Your Tracks (Pixcom), experienced metropolitan detective Céline is sent to investigate a murder in a remote mining colony in Canada’s Arctic North.
New seasons are also announced for proven audience favourites like the Tom Tykwer/Henk Handloegten/Achim von Borries roaring 20’s drama Babylon Berlin (28 x one hour), the epic Renaissance series Medici: The Magnificent, created by Frank Spotnitz, and the Italian crime series Rocco Schiavone (28 x one hour). 1994 (8 x one hour) is the grand finale of the series trilogy (26 hours in total) retelling Italy’s tumultuous recent history circling around the rise of Silvio Berlusconi. The North American crime procedural Hudson&Rex, inspired by one of Europe’s most successful franchise ever, is currently producing its second season with 32 episodes in total.
After breaking ratings records upon its broadcast, Maria Theresa (4 x two hours) once again takes the reign with a second season. Alex Pina’s Spanish hit series The Pier (16 x one hour), which celebrated a splendid premiere last fall at MIP with its star, Money Heist-lead Alvaro Morte, returns with eight new episodes. The Velvet Collection (20 x one hour) – the spin-off of the long-running Spanish hit series Velvet – closes the doors of the Grand Magasin, exploring new storylines in this reunion of all of the show’s protagonists.