StudioCanal Closes TV Drama Package Deal With Spain's Telefonica

Section Zero Still - Publicity - H 2016
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Section Zero Still - Publicity - H 2016

The Spanish pay-TV giant took rights to four popular series, including 'Spotless,' which recently wrapped in the U.S.

Spain’s leading broadband provider Telefonica bought pay-TV and SVOD rights for its pay platform Movistar+ to a handful of StudioCanal’s properties, including Section Zero, The Five and Spotless, while renewing its licensing deal for The Pillars of the Earth

“At Movistar+, we are delighted to add these great StudioCanal titles to our series portfolio,” said Miguel Salvat, head of premium content at Movistar+. “We believe that they represent the current strength and originality of European productions, and also boast great creative talent on both sides of the camera.” 

The eight-part sci-fi thriller Section Zero, which will be the first to air on Movistar+ on July 6, is from Cesar-nominated writer and director Olivier Marchal (Braquo). Produced by EuropaCorp Television, Bad Company and Umedia, it is set in the near future, where multi-national corporations are Europe’s new leaders. 

Harlan Coben’s The Five, an original 10-part drama thriller series for television by the New York Times bestselling author will launch later this summer and is produced by Red Production Company (Happy Valley).

Spotless stars Marc-Andre Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y), Denis Menochet (Inglourious Basterds), Miranda Raison (24: Live Another Day) and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and is produced by Tandem Productions.

 “Section Zero, The Five, Spotless and The Pillars of the Earth are extraordinary series, with premium production values,” said Katrina Neylon, executive vice president, sales and marketing, StudioCanal. ”All have proven their appeal, transcending borders worldwide and we are sure that Spanish viewers will appreciate and enjoy their rare quality.”