Defying their country’s economic crisis, Spanish TV producers are creating series with international appeal, as demonstrated here at the annual conference of the National Association of Television Programming Executives.
Historical dramas “Isabel” and “Toledo” and lighter fare such as “El Hormiguero” and “21 dias” have gotten a warm reception at this week’s Natpe gathering in Miami.
“Fiction series, features, animation and documentaries” from Spain are all finding a market at the conference, the head of international relations for the FAPAE federation of Spanish production companies, Maria Jose Vadillo, told Efe Wednesday.
“Isabel,” from Spain’s TVE public television, is among the big hits at the 2013 Natpe event.
“The most requested title is ‘Isabel.’ It has been a success with audiences and is generating a lot of expectation,” TVE sales director Toni Perez Bonilla said.
Shot in HD and featuring high production values, the series has already found buyers in several former Soviet republics and Colombia.
“And we’re at the point of closing deals in Mexico and Uruguay,” Perez Bonilla revealed to Efe.