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17 December 2018

MEDIAPRO presents Mediapro Labs, the new talent incubator from MEDIAPRO Group

The content hallmark seeks to identify digital audiovisual talent to associate with for the production of new ideas and formats

MEDIAPRO presented Mediapro Labs, the new content hallmark from MEDIAPRO, which aims to identify digital audiovisual talent with whom to forge associations and produce new ideas and formats, connecting the different divisions of the Group with the community of independent creators. The project is designed to explore new formats and narratives and to produce a minimum of one audiovisual project in categories such as fiction, entertainment programmes, documentary series, e-sports and podcasts.

Mediapro Labs will be co-directed by Maya Maidagan, Digital Content Director for the MEDIAPRO Group, and Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi. "The Javis" will primarily focus their attention on the selection process for fiction projects through their production company SUMA LATINA, and in association with MEDIAPRO, the co-production of the winning project, for which they will act as Executive Producers.

Javier Méndez Zori, Director of Content at MEDIAPRO, highlighted that “for MEDIAPRO, creative talent is an absolute priority. In a world where digital natives will soon become the largest audience, MEDIAPRO is looking to make contact with young creative minds and to develop innovative projects.” Maya Maidagan explained that Mediapro Labs is a meeting point for the community of independent creators and MEDIAPRO, as well as a development program. “It goes without saying that the industry must implement change to adapt to the radical disruption the content business is currently undergoing, and Mediapro Labs is one of the MEDIAPRO Group’s investments in this direction. Innovating in the world of audiovisuals is risky, but Mediapro Labs wants to give a clear ‘YES’ vote to innovative and distinctive projects”.

The permanent headquarters for Mediapro Labs, in Calle Maratón 11 in Madrid, will be inaugurated this coming December 18 with an open-day. Office installation include an auditorium, studios, workstations and networking zone, where regular sessions of Mediapro Talks are scheduled to take place given by leading names from the sector. Mediapro Labs will also have an office in Barcelona, where proposals will be screened for selection and consultancy services provided to Barcelona-based creators.

Leading lights from the sector and young creative minds will act as project patrons, mentoring creators, sponsoring projects and actively participating in talks organized by Mediapro Talks. Those who have already confirmed their participation include Javier Olivares (“The Ministry of Time”), Thais Villas (journalist and presenter), Quique Peinado (journalist, writer and presenter), Facu Díaz and Miguel Maldonado (“No te metas en política”), Carmen Aguilera (Director of “El Intermedio”), Ibai Llanos (LVP caster) and Esty Quesada (responsible for the Flooxer-based series, “Looser”). In addition to project sponsors, the Mediapro Labs presentation event was also attended by creators including Sr Forfast, Kiron, Abi Power, Toni Emcee, Gominuke, Kikillo, Juan Arroitia, Isaac F. Corrales y Living Postureo.

All information about the incubator is available for creators to access via the project’s website mediaprolabs.tv, where you can find details about the space, calendar of upcoming events and the platform where you can submit project proposals. To follow the day-to-day happenings at Mediapro Labs, simply access the official channels on Instagram and Twitter @MediaproLabs

TV3’s Sense ficció to premiere “Causa especial 20907/2017”, a MEDIAPRO production, on December 18th

Directed by Jaume Roures, it analyzes the legal system and answers some crucial questions

On Tuesday December 18th at 9:55 p.m., TV3’s Sense ficció will premiere “Causa especial 20907/2017”, produced by MEDIAPRO. Directed by Jaume Roures with a script by Lluís Arcarazo, the documentary features 17 judges, prosecutors, lawyers and university heads of criminal and procedural law who will analyze the “process the process”, the long legal journey that began a decade ago with an appeal to the Spanish Constitutional Court against reforms to the Estatut d’ Autonomia approved by the Parliament of Catalonia and endorsed by a referendum in 2006.

The broadcast falls on the same day that the criminal chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court has set for the first hearing in the 1-O case to debate the court’s jurisdiction.

The 2010 ruling, which declared some of the articles in the Estatut unconstitutional, set off an independence movement, which continued to grow up to the referendum held on 1 October 2017, the proclamation of the Catalan Republic and the trying of 18 of the 25 accused politicians and social leaders.

 “Causa especial 20907/2017” refers to special cause 20907/2017, opened as a result of crimes of rebellion, sedition, disobedience and public disorder against Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Josep Rull, Dolors Bassa, Carme Forcadell, Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart, Meritxell Borràs, Carles Mundó, Santi Vila, Mireia Boya, Joan Josep Nuet, Anna Simó, Lluís Maria Corominas, Ramona Barrufet, Lluís Guinó, Anna Gabriel, Marta Rovira, Lluís Puig, Clara Ponsatí, Antoni Comín, Meritxell Serret and Carles Puigdemont for calling for and later holding the 1-O referendum.

The production looks past the “process the process” to take a step further and dissect an increasingly criticized legal system while, at the same time, trying to respond to a few key questions: Was there really a rebellion? Are there legal grounds for this accusation? Are high-level judicial bodies an instrument in the hands of political parties? What interests motivate Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and Supreme Court? Has there really been a transition in the legal system? Are we on the doorstep of “supreme injustice”?

“Causa especial 20907/2017” features: Manuel Almenar (Asociación Profesional de la Magistratura / Professional association of magistrates), Francisco Javier Álvarez (Head of Criminal Law – Universidad Carlos III), Mercè Barceló (Head of Constitutional Law – Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona), Josep Casadevall (Former judge and vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights), Montserrat Comas (Juezas y Jueces por la Democracia / Judges for democracy), Jacobo Dopico (Accredited chair of Criminal Law – Universidad Carlos III), Joaquín Giménez García (Judge Emeritus of the Spanish Supreme Court), Xavier González de Rivera (Ágora Judicial organization), Dr. Stefan Kirsch (Lawyer specializing in Criminal Law, Germany), José Antonio Martín Pallín (Prosecutor and Judge Emeritus of the Spanish Supreme Court), José María Mena (Former lead prosecutor for the TSJC / Supreme Court of Justice of Catalonia), Lluís Mestres )Asociación Atenas Juristas por los Derechos Civiles / Athens lawyers for civil rights association), Jordi Nieva (Head of Procedural Law – Universitat de Barcelona), Raimundo Prado (Asociación Judicial Francisco de Vitoria / Francisco de Vitoria legal association), Mª Victoria Rosell (Judge and former MP), Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca (Professor of Political Science – Universidad Carlos III), Frank Verbruggen (Professor of European Criminal Law - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium).

MEDIAPRO, responsible for the international broadcast signal for the final of the Copa Libertadores

The final saw the biggest ever deployment for the tournament with more than 120 staff at the Bernabeu

MEDIAPRO was behind the production and distribution of the world feed for the final of the Copa Libertadores 2018. With 20 cameras plus two additional special cameras (skycam and Intel 360º system) this was the biggest ever tournament production. Unilateral feeds for Fox and Fox Brazil were provided with 7- and- 4 camera-setups respectively.

With more than 120 staff at the Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid), MEDIAPRO also provided services for all the channels who covered the game. Mediapro clients for the live global event included ESPN, TYCsports, Telemundo and beIN SPORTS.

Mediapro Asia to manage Samsung sponsorship for Sina Sports of the Sina Elite League (SEL) International 3x3 competition

The first edition of the international basketball event is set to take place from the 15th to the 17th December in Beijing

Mediapro Asia, the exclusive, long-term international commercial and media rights agency for the Sina Golden League, on behalf of Sina Sports, have secured an agreement with Samsung as an Official Partner for the Sina Elite League (SEL) international 3x3 basketball invitational tournament. Samsung will introduce its newest product, the Galaxy A9s smartphone, at the highly-anticipated tournament to be held on December 15-17, 2018 at M Space of Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China.

The 3-day, 16 team tournament will feature some of the best FIBA 3x3 players and teams in the world, including the top two FIBA-ranked teams Novi Sad from the UAE and Liman from Serbia; the 3BALL New Yorkies, champions of 3Ball USA Showcase and representing the United States; other elite teams from 11 countries and regions including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, the Philippines, Russia, and Taiwan; and the top five teams from the 2018 Sina Golden League Finals.

As an Official Partner of the SEL, Samsung will showcase its new model Galaxy A9s at this event. Samsung logo will also appear on the jerseys of the South Korea, China, Russia and the Philippines teams.

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games approaching, the value of high quality 3x3 basketball events is becoming increasingly prominent as 3x3 basketball is set to make its debut as an Olympic sport. By becoming an Official Partner of the SEL, Samsung will be able to take advantage of the increased attention and focus on the sport. The Samsung sponsorship demonstrates the growing international influence and commercial value of the Sina Elite League and its 3x3 basketball operation.

The SEL is an extension of the successful Sina Golden League domestic 3x3 basketball tournament created and operated by Sina Sports. After four years of development, the Sina Golden League is now the world’s largest 3x3 basketball competitions. The Sina Golden League was recently awarded the Gold Award in the Best Mass Participation Event of the Year category at the 2018 SPIA Asia - Asia's Sports Industry Awards & Conference Award Ceremony earlier this month.

Mediasur wins Canal Extremadura subtitling tender

The translation unit also chosen by TV3, Catalunya Radio and the TV3 La Marató Foundation

Mediasur is set to begin live subtitling projects in January after winning the public tender for Canal Extremadura, a two-year long project with more than 2,000-hours live subtitling production.

Mediasur will also shortly be offering a transcription service in English, Catalan, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and German for the TV3.

Mediasur is currently offering subtitling services for Real Madrid TV, Gol, as well as Canal Sur Televisión and Aragón TV. Other additional services include programmes, films, series and documentaries for companies and MEDIAPRO Group business units (both national and international content, corporate communication projects, K2000, 100 balas, Globomedia, Royal Media, Telson, Mediaproducción, Imagina International Sales, Imagina US, Mediatem, etc), as well as independent producers. Canal Extremadura and TV3 are the two latest additions to the portfolio of clients of the production unit.

With regard to audiovisual translations, an area experiencing rapid growth, highlights include translation services include the Golf Channel Latin Americs together with Imagina US, the translation of press conferences for la LaLiga for a host of international channels, as well as script translations and programme episodes, series and pilot programmes such as “Crush”, “Estoy vivo” and “Vis a Vis”.

So far, from Seville more than 10,000 hours of live sub-tilting and 2,000 hours of recorded subtitling services have been provided. Highlights include the audio-description services for blind viewers, sign language services in both Spanish and Catalan along with transcription services.

Mediacloud achieves ENS highest security certification

The company offers the same maximum-security guarantees as giants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft

Mediacloud, the MEDIAPRO business unit specialising in technology management in Cloud environments has recently acquired the maximum-security certification provided by the Spanish National Security Organisation (ENS). Mediacloud offers the same level of security provided by companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, according to the CCN. The certification demands a particularly high level of security with more than 70 measures included and allows Mediacloud to offer services to all levels of Public Organisations.

The Cloud environment is the new way companies have of managing computer systems and thanks to these types of environment, businesses can focus more and become more dynamic as they externalise the management of their computer services and IT infra-structures to companies specialising in the area. In the end, all the companies need is an Internet connection.  

Businesses who use Cloud environments are better positioned for digital transformation and become more flexible, quick to respond and change to a fast-moving technology landscape.

Since its creation, Mediacloud has been awarded Cloud service expert status and presented with the most-sought after global certifications providing know-how and tech’ services for a host of different clients.

The 16 participants in the Madrid regional TV version of “La Báscula” reached the final a collective 300kg lighter

Over the three months of the MEDIAPRO docu-show has highlighted healthy life-style habits on Telemadrid

The 16 people from Madrid who stuck to “La Báscula” method reached the final on the 10th December on Telemadrid 300kg lighter. In three months, the participants with weight problems acquired healthy life-style habits, eating better and doing daily physical exercise. The figures don’t lie: 9 of the 16 participants have lost more than 20kg since they started on the programme and their lives have taken a radically new turn. Juanjo, from the “Los Vecinos” team from Alcalá de Henares, was crowned the winner losing more than 30kg.

The grand final was full of moving and surprising moments, which saw the participants receive warm applause from the audience whilst they reflected on the changes to their lives in the last three months. The teams looked back on the effort made and how their outlook on life has improved since the start of the show.

This has been the first season of “La Báscula” on Telemadrid, a programme which has been shown on Canal Sur since 2013. Weight issues affect more than half of the population in the Madrid region. The “La Báscula” method, recognised by the WHO on several occasions via its social media accounts, highlights how by following its healthy eating recommendations and doing daily physical exercise the battle against obesity can be won.

Mediapro Brands launches the #5equipos5estrellas campaign

Mahou Cinco Estrellas has teamed up with Mediapro Brands again to create a tribute to football in Madrid video

To celebrate the historic feat of having five teams from the Madrid region in the Spanish First Division for the first time ever, Mediapro Brands has put together a video for Mahou Cinco Estrellas.

The advert, featuring players from Rayo Vallecano, Leganés, Atletico Madrid, Getafe and Real Madrid, was created to celebrate a golden period for football in the region and help to bring the rival fans together. The advert was produced by Telson360.

 “Vis a vis”, at the MiM Series Festival

The Globomedia prison drama, which is up for two MiM awards, was the subject of one of the round-table talks at the Spanish fiction event

Where the idea came from for “Vis a vis”; what was the origin of the Maca’s character, what were the challenges of making the third season without one of the main characters, what was the process behind the auditions for the parts, how involved do the actors get in their characters, what was the series going to be called at first, what are the differences between making a series for a national network and a pay-tv channel…These were just some of the questions asked my members of the audience at the round-table debate about “Vis a vis” at the recent “Festival MiM Series which took place on the 13th December which saw the series showrunner, Iván Escobar, and the actors Itziar Castro and Alberto Velasco, who play Goya and Palacios, respectively attend.

After seeing the 2nd episode of the 4th season of the series, an eager audience, all big fans of the Globomedia FOX co-production, got to ask their questions to both the series showrunner and the two actors from the prison drama who attended the talk at the Matadero Cinema Complex in Madrid. Each question was preceded by a big thanks to all the creators of the series which has left viewers glued to the screen and wanting more.

The 17th December sees the MiM Series Festival come to an end with its awards ceremony with “Vis a vis” nominated in the Best Drama Series category and Najwa Nimri, in the Best Drama Actress section. A nomination where the actress who plays Zulema will go up against Cristina Plazas for her role as Susana in the series “Estoy Vivo”, also produced by Globomedia.

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