MIPCOM CANNES has announced that THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO CEO Laura Fernández Espeso will give a keynote speech at this year’s 39th International Co-Production & Entertainment Content Market (16-19 Oct). The session will be presented as a fireside chat in the world-renowned 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.
A leading figure in global TV and Film, Fernández Espeso will share insights into the strategy driving THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, one of international company’s largest and most prolific independent studios and explore the factors behind the explosive growth of the Spanish language sector globally.
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. Laura is responsible for scripted fiction and non-fiction productions that include series such as The Head (Hulu Japan y HBO Max), Iosi, The Regretful Spy (Amazon Prime Video) Las Bravas (HBO Max), Las Pelotaris 1926 (VIX), Primate (Amazon Prime Video), Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope and The New Pope (HBO Max), Express (Lionsgate+), UPA Next (Atresmedia), the Vota Juan saga (WBD), and Paraíso (Movistar Plus+); successful franchises like The Boarding School Las Cumbres (Amazon Prime Video) and Locked Up (FOX), and the upcoming premiere series Mano de Hierro (Netflix), Romancero (Amazon Prime Video) and El Otro Lado (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 (Movistar Plus+), MotoGP Unlimited (Amazon Prime Video, Disney+), Fernando (Amazon Prime Video), Six Dreams (Amazon Prime Video), and hit TV programs such as El Conquistador (RTVE, ETB), El Intermedio (LaSexta), El Musical de tu vida (Mediaset España), Nadie sabe nada (HBO Max), and La Resistencia (Movistar Plus+).
“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,” says Laura Fernández Espeso. “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,” says Lucy Smith. “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.”