Spain series enjoy international pickups

Local success 'Cuentame' is leading the way

BARCELONA, Spain -- Spanish fiction series are selling well across the world.

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, state broadcaster Television Espana sold the nostalgic soap "Cuentame" (Tell Me) to Finland, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Portugal.

Two other successes have been "La Senora," a saga set during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera in the 1920s, and the children's series "Los Lunnis" (the mad ones), which has been sold to 20 countries.

Private broadcaster Antena 3 sold four series including "The Ulysses Syndrome" bought by Fox for the U.S., Canada and Mexico; "The Mata Family," a soap opera purchased by broadcasters in Italy and Mexico; school drama "Physical or Chemical," on to France and Greece; and "Paco's Men," a cop series sold to Romania, Greece, Russia and Italy.

Cuatro has had three main successes. Comedy "A Question of Sex," was sold to Mexico; police drama "Genesis: In the Mind of the Killer," was sold to France, Poland, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy and Chechnya; and "Look Back," another soap, was sold to France, Italy and Canada.

Finally, Tele 5, another private channel, sold its comedy "Scenes of Matrimony" to Uruguay. "Los Serranos," another comedy, was sold to Portugal, Romania and Finland, while "Hospital Central," a medical saga, has been made into an Italian version by RAI.

No financial details were available.