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21st August 2017

Overon provides broadcast coverage of the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils
The company provided services for more than 30 international TV stations

The MEDIAPRO Group via Overon was quickly up and running providing coverage of the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Barcelona from the city centre minutes after the events on Thursday afternoon. The Overon team worked uninterrupted from the moment of the attack (in the Rambla in Barcelona) providing technical coverage for more than 30 international TV channels following the story from Barcelona, with technical teams, broadcast services and live feeds for a host of national and international TV stations.

Overon provided coverage from all the key points: the Rambla de Barcelona, Cambrils (Tarragona), the Catalan parliament following the crisis cabinet meeting and the minute’s silence in Catalunya Square. The company's DSNG’s provided an average of three live simultaneous feeds with 10 DSNG’s covering events in Cambrils and Barcelona along with back-up from 10 4G back-packs.

TV stations that used their services included: TVE, Atresmedia, Forta, ETB, TVGA, Telemadrid, Canal Extremadura, IB3, TVCM; as well as international networks such as: CNN, CBS, Aldea TV, ZDF, Ruptly, ABC News, France 24, NBC, SRGSSRR, France 2, France 3, RTL, Servus, ITN, RTTV, RTBF, NHK, TF1, BFM, Al Araby TV, NOSS TV, VRT, ORF, RAI, Euronews, InfoNetwork, M6, TV Asahi, among others.

Overon, a leader in the provision of audiovisual broadcast services covers all the key news stories as they break for as long as necessary wherever they happen around the world, via its DSNG’s, 4G backpacks, fibre optic networks, teleports and its own satellite capability.

21st August 2017

The best league in the world back on beIN LaLiga
The FC Barcelona " Real Betis game the stand-out tie of the weekend on beIN LaLiga with the debut of Patrick Kluivert in the commentary box

Foootball lovers are in luck with the return of LaLiga for the 2017-2018 season and all on beIN LaLiga with 8 live games per match-day, with viewers being able to see games from Friday evening to Monday. In addition, the very best international football can also be seen on beIN SPORTS.

The football kicked off with the CD Leganés – Deportivo Alavés (20:15) clash and was followed by the Valencia CF – UD Las Palmas game(22:15). Saturday saw the turn of Celta de Vigo – Real Sociedad (18:15), Girona FC – Atletico Madrid (20:15) and Sevilla FC – RCD Espanyol (22:15). Sunday saw Athletic Club take on Getafe CF (18:15) and was followed by one of the best games of the weekend with FC Barcelona battling it out against Real Betis (20:15). Monday sees the last match of the first round of on beIN LaLiga with Levante UD taking on Villarreal CF (20:15).

Sunday’s game between FC Barcelona and Real Betis also saw a special edition of Xtra presented by Lucía Villalón from 17:00, with all the latest news from the Camp Nou, from the beIN LaLiga team and comprehensive coverage of the match. José Sanchís was at the helm for the match commentary along with Patrick Kluivert, Ricardo Rosety bringing viewers all the news pitch-side and Natalia Torrente with the views on the match from the chairman’s box. After the game a special edition of “Xtra” brought viewers all the press conferences and player interviews. Sunday at 00:15 and Monday at 22:15 sees the return of Axel Torres for a new season of “El Club” analysing the weekend’s games.

In addition to LaLiga, beIN SPORTS viewers will also be able to follow the best European football with three games from the podrán Ligue 1: Metz – Monaco (Friday 20:45), Lille – Caen (Sunday 15) and the match between Neymar’s PSG and Toulouse (Sunday 20:45); three Serie A matches: the Juventus Cagliari clash(Saturday 18:00), Hellas Verona – Napoli (Saturday 20:45), and Atalanta – AS Roma (Sunday 18); two games from the Brasileirao: Flamengo – Atlético Goiás (Saturday at midnight) and Palmeiras – Chapecoense (Sunday at midnight).

21st August 2017

"Sergio & Sergei" to make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
The film co-produced by MEDIAPRO will be screened in the Contemporary World Cinema official section at the 42nd edition of the event

“Sergio & Sergei”, the latest film from the Cuban director Ernesto Daranas Serrano and co-produced by MEDIAPRO, will make its world premiere in the official Contemporary World Cinema section at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which is taking place in the Canadian city from the 7th to the 17th September.

“Sergio & Sergei”, is, according to its director, “a tragic comedy of the absurd, how unlikely events brought two lives together as two worlds collapsed at the end of the Cold War”. The film tells the story of Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut left stranded in a Mir space station after the fall of the Soviet block. Sergei manages to make contact with Sergio, an amateur radio enthusiast and Cuban philosophy teacher and an American journalist. Both try to get the big super-powers to put aside their ideological differences to find a solution to the cosmonaut’s situation.

Co-written by Ernesto Daranas and Marta Daranas and starring Tomás Cao (Sergio) and Héctor Noas (Sergei), the film also featured a special guest appearance from Ron Perlman. The well-known American actor, famous for films such as “Hellboy” and “The name of the rose” and series such as “The beauty and the beast” and “Sons of Anarchy” plays Peter, the American journalist who helps the main characters. Ron Perlman is also one of the film’s executive producers.

“Sergio & Sergei” is a MEDIAPRO, RTV Comercial and Cuban Institute of Film and Arts (ICAIC) and will be distributed internationally by WestEnd Films.

The Toronto International Film Festival started in 1976 as a retrospective film screening event for international movies. Since then it quickly became one of the most important and influential film events of the year and considered as an Oscar candidate showcase.

Plot

1991 - The USSR is falling apart and Cuba enters its hardest economic crisis. Sergio, a professor of Marxism who can't provide for his family, and Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut stranded in the Mir space station, share a common passion: amateur radio. Through this hobby, both men will be able to help each other in facing the dramatic changes of their countries.

21st August 2017

The Pastor brothers join international thriller-series "The Head"
The MEDIAPRO and Dramacorp"s format was presented in Series Mania

Writing-directing duo Alex and David Pastor have joined “The Head”, a high-concept project selected by the prestigious co-production forum Series Mania, developed by the international content department of MEDIAPRO and Swedish production company Dramacorp.

The Pastor brothers will develop this survival thriller in which ten scientists, trapped in a mobile science laboratory at the South Pole, realize one among them is a killer.

They have a solid writing-directing track-record behind them with titles like “Carriers”, “The Last Days”, both written and directed by them; or “SELF / LESS”, directed by Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”) and starring Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds. The Pastor brothers recently made their TV-drama debut creating the series “Incorporated” for Universal's Sy-Fy. The show was produced by Matt Damon’s and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films and the Pastor brothers wrote and directed the pilot.

“The Head” is a MEDIAPRO’s original idea by David Troncoso framed within the strategic commitment of the Group’s content area to reinforce the international development of original projects.

About MEDIAPRO

MEDIAPRO Group occupies a leading European position in multimedia content and unique in content integration, audiovisual production and distribution. The group has a large number of series and leading audience programs in Spain that have aroused great interest in the international market as “Locked Up” that will soon have a third season with FOX, “Night and Day”, “Red Eagle”, “The Break”, “Zapeando” or “The Conqueror of the End of the World” among others, as well as international film productions with directors such as Woody Allen (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, “Midnight in Paris” and “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”), Fernando Leon de Aranoa (“A Perfect Day” with Tim Robbins and Benicio del Toro and "Politics, Instructions Manual"), Isabel Coixet (“Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” and “Nobody Wants the Night”), Oliver Stone (“Comandante”) or Roman Polanski (“Carnage”). The Group also produces content in the United States, Portugal, Argentina and the Middle East. Among its latest projects stand out "El Fútbol no es así" with DirecTV, “The Paradise” with YLE or “The Young Pope”, by Paolo Sorrentino with Jude Law and Diane Keaton, that has been successfully broadcasted throughout Europe and will soon have a second season on HBO.

About Dramacorp

Dramacorp was launched in 2016 by seasoned drama executive Patrick Nebout along with Jan Mojto’s Beta Film, the majority shareholder in the company. Based in Stockholm, Dramacorp focuses on the development and executive production of high-concept dramas with international traction. Its main objective is to create unique TV-series capable of highlighting in the global drama market and secure the financial packaging of the projects. Previously, Patrick Nebout founded Nice Drama together with producer and writer Henrik Jansson-Schweizer. Among his most notable productions are "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared", the highest grossing film ever in Sweden; The saga "Thicker Than Water" (SVT-YLE) and international hit thriller "Midnight Sun" (Canal + / SVT), the first Swedish-French coproduction of a drama-series. Nebout is currently pre-producing Scandinavian spy-thriller "Hamilton” for the Dramacorp-Pampas Studios joint-venture.

21st August 2017

David Albelda joins GOL team
"Directo GOL" will feature expert analysis from the former Spanish international and Valencia CF legend

Capped 51 times for Spain and former 51 Valencia CF captain with 15 years in the first team, David Albelda, joins the GOL team to provide expert analysis for “Directo GOL” for its big Friday night games. Coverage kicks off this week with live broadcasts of the Valencia CF – UD Las Palmas and CD Leganés – Deportivo Alavés games.

Alongside David Albelda will be the familiar “Directo GOL” faces the former players Dani García Lara, Andrés Palop, Albert Luque, Julen Guerrero, Rubén de la Red and Benjamín Zarandona. The channel features the very best expert analysis from players with years of experience in Spanish football to provide commentary for the match highlights in “Directo GOL” presented by Felipe del Campo.

The show kicks off the new season of LaLiga this Friday at 20:30 with the debut of David Albelda. Saturday and Sunday sees the programme air at 19 and is set to run until 2 in the morning. Over the season, the usual broadcast time for “Directo GOL” will be from 16 to 00:30, making it the longest live TV show.

In addition, other new features for the upcoming season on “Directo GOL” will be the introduction of a new graphics package for the show and the launch of the section “Nos vamos al VAR” to analyse all the key moments and decisions with the help of the show's expert panel of pundits.

The upgrades are all part of GOL’s strategy to maintain “Directo GOL” as the benchmark for LaLiga highlights shows with all the key moments and thoughts from its team of experts.

21st August 2017

MEDIAPRO produces TV broadcast of the Arab Club Championship in Egypt
The tournament is the most important in the Arab world

MEDIAPRO has recently produced the the TV broadcast of the Arab Club Championship 2017, the biggest competition in the Arab football world. More than 75 staff from across the Group travelled to Egypt to cover the 21-match competition, 18 group qualifying games, 2 semi-finals and the final all with latest generation broadcast equipment. The tournament, which saw all the leading teams from North Africa and the Middle East take part, took place from the 22nd July to the 6th August and was broadcast on ON Sports TV (Egypt), Abu Dhabi Sports (UAE) and Saudi TV (Saudi Arabia).

In addition to bringing a highly experienced team for the event coverage, the TV broadcast of the Arab Club Championship also featured an unprecedented technical deployment for an Egyptian sporting event. MEDIAPRO provided coverage from the three host venues for the Arab Club Championship: the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo, the Alexandra Stadium as well as the Borg Stadium in the same city. Equipment used included a latest generation OmniCam, 4Sky, an ultraslow motion camera as well as a goal cam, among other equipment.

This latest project, which included the provision of services from a host of companies across the MEDIAPRO Group, comes on the back of the contract which MEDIAPRO won last year to provide TV coverage of the Egyptian national team's games in the run-up to the World Cup 2018 in Russia and consolidates its position as a leading provider of TV broadcast services in the region for major events.

MEDIAPRO is a leader in the provision of technical production services and satellite broadcasting. It carries out more than 3,500 productions a year with a fleet of 55 OB vans and high definition and 4K capability anywhere in the world. Company production teams are currently providing services for the broadcast of the football leagues in Spain, Qatar, Portugal, Columbia, France, Bolivia, Greece, Gabon, Turkey, Angola, Abu Dabi and Mozambique, as well as the UEFA Champions League and other international competitions. Other highlights include the FIFA Confederations Cup, the FIBA World Championship, the Euroleague Final Four, the FIFA World Cup Championships, The Arab Games, UEFA Champions League, African Cup of Nations, Formula 1, the World Surfing Championships, Annual Camel Race, etc.

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