Titled 58 Seconds, the new international project for the Spanish studio will be coproduced with the British production company BlackBox Multimedia.
The Mediapro Studio and British production company BlackBox Multimedia have announced an agreement to produce the new series, 58 Seconds, a medical drama inspired by the work of volunteer doctors and health workers on international missions.
For The Mediapro Studio, it is a new series with a clear focus on a global audience, shot in English and with international talent, after The Head and The Paradise.
58 Seconds is an original series created by screenwriters Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland) and Paul Unwin (Breathless), both also responsible for Casualty, one of the longest-running medical dramas on television, as well as its spin-off , the Holby City series.
“The medical drama genre has proven its success time and time again, and now more than ever it is time to pay tribute to the superheroes of today – the doctors and health workers around the world that have been sacrificing so much by working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul and Jeremy’s unique talent will not only ensure thrilling storylines, but also real and relatable characters, with whom we will laugh and cry in equal measure”, said Giuliano Papadia, CEO of BlackBox Multimedia.
“Partnering with The Mediapro Studio makes total sense, their creative vision for the series aligns perfectly with ours and they have proven again and again they can create an English-language show that will resonate with global audiences. Together with Paul and Jeremy we’re confident of producing a series that will really captivate the world with its stunning locations, compelling characters and exciting plot.”
Laura Fernández Espeso, Corporate and Television Director of The Mediapro Studio added: “58 Seconds is brilliant storytelling, very well written and full of emotion that will thrill audiences around the world with its universal themes of courage and its human values. The series represents the kind of addictive and bold TV content that The Mediapro Studio develops for global audiences in the English language.”
“We have in BlackBox Multimedia the best partner for this adventure, as well as Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin, whose proven talent as screenwriters is an unbeatable asset that will give the series the necessary dramatic, epic tone to set it apart from other medical dramas.”
Screenwriters Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin finally said: “We are delighted to be working with BlackBox Multimedia and The Mediapro Studio on 58 Seconds. We have always tried to tell stories that reflect the real world and the struggle of everyday heroes. Following people who voluntarily decide to work in trouble spots is very inspiring. We hope that through the stories we tell at 58 Seconds we celebrate not only these volunteers, but the courage, humanity and lives of those whose world has fallen apart.
58 Seconds will revolve around a group of humanitarian workers willing to risk their lives to provide their services in some of the most dangerous places in the world: doctors, health workers, administrators and caregivers who voluntarily accept the challenge of leaving everything to help deal with wars, natural disasters, political conflicts and all kinds of disasters.
Thousands of kilometers from their homes, the protagonists will have to deal with unimaginable challenges, which they will face with courage, determination and also with humor. Throughout the series, the physicians and their teams will build strong relationships with each other that will help them grow as professionals and as individuals.
In 58 Seconds the action will not take place in a hospital, but in different places and dangerous situations, which will put the characters on the brink of extreme tension. To build the plots, the creators draw on the real-life stories of these true superheroes of our time, whose challenges will engage and inspire viewers of all ages and backgrounds.