When Movistar+ announced plans to release 10-11 series per year, the goal seemed too ambitious. As the year draws to a close, however, the company has actually delivered on its promise.
Since the beginning of 2018, Movistar+ has released La peste, Mira lo que has hecho, Félix, Matar al padre, El día de mañana, Skam, Gigantes, Virtual Hero, Arde Madrid, and second seasons of Velvet Colección and Vergüenza.
Eleven original series, in addition to Todo por el juego, which in Spain aired exclusively on the platform.
For 2019, the company already plans to increase its production quota with at least one more title and aims for 15 original productions.
“Considering that 2018 will end with 11 releases, our idea is to take the number even further, with at least of 12 and maybe even 15, eventually,” said to ttvnews Ismael Calleja, Head of Production and Business Affairs at Movistar+.
Of those 12 projects, at least 11 already have a name: second seasons of La peste, Mira lo que has hecho, Gigantes and Arde Madrid, the third and last intallment of Velvet Colección, and first-timers Déjate llevar, Instinto, El embarcadero, Hierro, Merlí: Sapere Aude (a spin-off of the popular teenage series Merlí) and probably Justo antes de Cristo, announced in September.
At the same time, the company is already working on its first Latin American production, which could be added to the list.
“Latin American co-production would be the natural evolution. The company is already looking that way. Our partners are focused on finding projects and talent in the region, and our role would be to support it from Spain,” explains Calleja.
For the time being, the only confirmed co-production is the series Hierro, produced by Portocabo (Spain) and Atlantique Productions (Francia) for Movistar+ and Arte de Francia. But according to Calleja, many more could follow.
“We would like to replicate the model for Hierro, for it to have more presence within our slate. We are thrilled about the way that project came about and how things have developed. Working with Arte, Atlantique and Portocabo has been a real pleasure,” assures Calleja.
“We would love to have many more projects like that, with co-production as an organic part of the content. The idea is for content to have an identity of its own that makes it relevant for each of the involved partners.”