Mipcom Cannes has confirmed a keynote speech set to be hosted by The Mediapro Studio CEO Laura Fernández Espeso at this year’s 39th International Co-Production & Entertainment Content Market (16-19 Oct). “Laura is at the absolute forefront of Spain’s ever-dynamic TV and film sector,” Lucy Smith said. “Under her leadership, The Mediapro Studio has continued to dominate domestically and exploded on the global stage with an expanding diverse slate and imaginative creative partnerships. She is the dictionary definition of being local AND global whose insights will be compelling.”
During the session, Espeso will share insights into the strategy driving The Mediapro Studio. The chat will take place at the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes on Tuesday 17 Oct at 16.00 as part of the conference programme’s Media Mastermind series.
As CEO of the Madrid-based The Mediapro Studio, Fernández Espeso oversees creative, production, and distribution strategy worldwide. Since taking on this role, the Studio has further fortified its international slate by beginning activity in different international offices, new productions in Mexico, Miami, New York, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, and with strategic alliances, including the launch of the production company Moonlyon with Penélope Cruz, a joint venture with Turkey’s production giant Medyapim, and a production deal with Belgium company Be-Entertainment.
She is responsible for scripted fiction and non-fiction productions that include series such as "The Head" on Hulu Japan y HBO Max, Iosi, "The Regretful Spy" on Amazon Prime Video, "Las Bravas" on HBO Max, "Las Pelotaris 1926" on VIX, "Primate" on Amazon Prime Video, Paolo Sorrentino’s "The Young Pope" and "The New Pope" on HBO Max, "Express" on Lionsgate+, "UPA Next" on Atresmedia, the Vota Juan saga on WBD, and "Paraíso" on Movistar Plus+, as well as successful franchises like "The Boarding School Las Cumbres" on Amazon Prime Video and "Locked Up" on FOX, and the upcoming premiere series "Mano de Hierro" on Netflix, "Romancero" on Amazon Prime Video and "El Otro Lado" on Movistar Plus+.
She also holds a significant film slate, which recently included "Official Competition," directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn with Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez; which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was released globally. "The Good Boss" is another film, directed by Fernando León de Aranoa with Javier Bardem, winner of 30 awards, both in Spain and internationally, including 6 Goya Awards and Best Comedy Film Award at the EFA. The STUDIO’s new features films are The 47, directed by Marcel Barrena, currently in postproduction, and Untitled 23, the new film by Mike Leigh, shot in London and also in post production.
In non-fiction, The Mediapro Studio’s credits include the docuseries "Lola" on Movistar Plus+, "MotoGP Unlimited" on Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, "Fernando" on Amazon Prime Video, "Six Dreams" on Amazon Prime Video, and hit TV programs such as "El Conquistador" on RTVE, ETB, "El Intermedio" on "LaSexta," "El Musical de tu vida" on Mediaset España, "Nadie sabe nada" on HBO Max, and "La Resistencia" on Movistar Plus+.
More than 260 exhibitors from over 40 countriesrhave confirmed attendance for Mipcom Cannes. Riviera exhibition halls and outdoor Croisette beach exhibition areas are sold out with an initial exhibitor line-up comprising major studios, production and distribution groups (including All3Media International, Amazon MGM Studios Distribution, Banijay Rights, BBC Studios, BETA Film, FOX Entertainment Global, NBCUniversal International, Paramount Global Content Distribution, Federation Studios, France tv distribution, Fremantle, Global Screen, ITV Studios, The Mediapro Studio, Mediawan, Movistar+, Red Arrow Studios International, STUDIOCANAL, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Discovery and ZDF Studios amongst many others).
Mipjunior will also return, set to take place on JW Marriott in the weekend heading into Mipcom Cannes on 13-15 October with a brand-new half-day pre-opening program beginning at 14.00 on Friday (Oct 13). The MIPCOM CANNES conference programme helps define the TV industry year with keynotes from leading global players and thought-leaders, screenings of highly anticipated series and exclusive research presentations - an overview of the schedule can be found here. “Mipcom sets the pulse for the world television industry every year and offers us the best showcase for meeting and exchanging ideas, projects, and business opportunities,” Fernández Espeso said. “I am honored to participate this year as a keynote speaker to share our experience as a global factory for content creation, production, and distribution.”
Laura is at the absolute forefront of Spain’s ever-dynamic TV and film sector. Under her leadership, The Mediapro Studio has continued to dominate domestically and exploded on the global stage with an expanding diverse slate and imaginative creative partnerships. She is the dictionary definition of being local AND global whose insights will be compelling.” Lucy Smith