26 APR 2022

Banijay Iberia partners with Álex de la Iglesia’s Pokeepsie Films

Banijay is further growing its premium scripted offering via a partnership between Banijay Iberia and Pokeepsie Films, founded by director, screenwriter and producer Álex de la Iglesia, and actress and producer Carolina Bang.

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Carolina Bang & Álex de la Iglesia

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Independent producer and distributor Banijay is further growing its premium scripted offering via a partnership between Banijay Iberia and Pokeepsie Films. Through the collaboration with the business, which was founded by acclaimed director, screenwriter, and producer Álex de la Iglesia, and actress and producer Carolina Bang, the global group’s collective of talent in Spain and Portugal is further bolstered, as is its capacity to deliver high-end original fictional series and films.

Created in 2009, internationally renowned Pokeepsie Films is one of Spain’s most unique fiction producers. Focused on youth-skewing content, the label spans the fantasy, thriller, and horror space, and in joining forces with Banijay Iberia, it will leverage the wider distribution capabilities of the overarching group, to continue delivering high-quality, standout projects that transcend borders.

“Today sees Banijay Iberia and Pokeepsie Films carve a common path with the purpose of building an ambitious slate of original fiction led by Álex and Carolina. In adding this brilliant duo to our creative network in Spain and Portugal, we further boost our offering in the region and cement our position as a home where talent can be creatively free and subsequently, at their best artistically,”  commented Pilar Blasco, CEO of Banijay Iberia.

Álex de la Iglesia and Carolina Bang, Founders of Pokeepsie Films, added: “It is an honor to have been recognized by a prolific international group like Banijay, who respects and values our efforts. We like fantasy and horror, fiction, entertainment, and creative freedom.”

Lastly, Marco Bassetti, CEO of Banijay, said: “In Pokeepsie Films, we have not only discovered great talent, but a genuinely unique creative proposition. Successfully breaking into the fantasy, thriller, and horror space, they have fostered an incredibly strong standing in the market and built an impressive client base that spans the world. Critically acclaimed, and with a constantly evolving portfolio, they are a great partner for our group and will be hugely valuable in strengthening our scripted position in the Iberian market and across the globe.”

With a raft of developments and productions underway, Pokeepsie Films’ current projects include "30 Monedas" (30 Coins) and recently premiered "Veneciafrenia," the first part of "The Fear Collection" project, which is a notorious anthology of horror movies by prestigious directors such as Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Jaume Balagueró, and Fernando Navarro.