Globomedia, Fox in co-production talks

U.S. version of hit 'Boarding School' among options

MADRID -- Spanish TV production powerhouse Globomedia is in talks with Fox TV Studios about potential co-production opportunities, Globomedia creative director Daniel Ecija has told The Hollywood Reporter.

"We have a real commitment to co-produce with Fox, whether it's a program born in-house at Globomedia or at Fox," Ecija said. "We are reading scripts and studying all the possibilities."

Among the options being studied are a Fox co-produced, U.S. version of Globomedia's international hit "Boarding School" as well as a potential Globomedia co-production with "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix for Spain.

Ecija cites Fox's interest in formats with local flavor but global appeal as one of the main reasons for firming up the relationship.

"We're looking to co-produce our products abroad. Globomedia is the cutting edge in fiction. Not just in Spain, but globally," Ecija said. "We know how to make high quality products that work across cultures."

Since its creation in 1995, Globomedia has launched a number of top-ranked series here. But recently, the company has upped the ante, taking its hit series abroad, both in dubbed and local-language versions.

This week, Globomedia optioned French format rights on "Boarding School" to M6, marking a first for a Spanish company.

While Globomedia's "Los Serrano" has been re-created in Italy as the successful hit "I Cesarioni," snagging 29% of the audience with 7 million viewers, and its "Un Paso Adelante" airs in France dubbed on M6, selling series remake rights to France has always hit a glass ceiling.

"This is a first for a Spanish company for a long fiction series," said Geraldine Gonard, director of Imagina International Sales, which negotiated the M6 deal.

Italy's Rizzoli holds Italian format rights to "Boarding School," an elite prep school whodunit, with 20.6% audience share in Spain.

Earlier this month, Endemol Italy picked up redo rights to cop comedy "Paco's Men," as have companies in Greece, Russia and the Baltic States and Romania. While Globomedia marked its first format sale to Latin America earlier this year, with Chile's TVN Internacional preparing a version of "Aida."