Xavi Hernández is opening up about his life away from his homeland…
The 40-year-old Spanish football manager and former player and other stars of Spain’s so-called “golden generation” of World Cup-winning footballers will be featured in an Amazon original documentary.
Living Abroad, a four-part docuseries, will spotlight Hernández, David Villa, Javi Martínez and Juan Mata, who are playing their trade outside of Spain in football leagues around the world.
Produced by Madrid-based Atresmedia Studios, the original will premiere on Prime Video on June 5 in the UK and Spain, promising an “inside look” at the stars’ lives as they play in England, Japan, Qatar and Germany.
Ricardo Cabornero, Amazon’s head of prime video content, said the series is launching to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Spain winning the World Cup in South Africa.
Living Abroadis executive produced by Jorge Pérez Vega and Ignacio Corrales, while Sonia López is the director.
TNT is hitting the highways and byways of the United States in its latest Spanish original series,“Road Trip,” featuring the 47-year-old Spanish writer, TV presenter and actress.
Produced by Atresmedia Studios,the factual show will accompany Roca and Esty Quesada as odd-couple celebrities on a car trip that begins in Miami, where Roca, a popular TV host, and Quesada, who rose to fame with her provocative YouTubeshow Soy una pringada, will first get to know each other. As they set off to explore the U.S., they will share their views of the people and places they encounter and their own personal journeys of self-exploration.
“I don’t know Esty, I don’t know this kind of format, I don’t know Miami, I don’t know the East Coast of the U.S.,” Roca said. “I’m dying to embark on this story and see where it takes me. It’s a great opportunity for the viewer to see us as we are, without a script, in a borderline situation. Not only will it be a road trip, I am convinced that it will be an intense emotional journey.”
Quesada, who enjoys a large online following and popularity among younger viewers, likened the show to a “Thelma and Louise” adventure, adding that it would be an exciting and emotional journey in which the two stars “will soak up the Yankeeessence.”
Road Trip, which is set to begin shooting in the coming days, follows TNT’s hit political comedy Vote For Juan, starring Javier Cámara, which launched earlier this year and likewise features Quesada.
“It is a format that has a lot of adventure and that is precisely what makes it so attractive,” said Guillermo Farré, TNT’s director of content. “At TNT we like to explore new territories,” he added, noting that TNT did precisely that with Vote For Juanand would continue to do so in upcoming original productions currently in development.
“In Road Tripit’s a luxury to have both Nuria Roca and Esty Quesada as they each, in their own way, reflect very well the spirit of our brand,” Farré said.
Road Trip, which will comprise five episodes, is set to premiere on TNT in early 2020. It marks the latest production and second factual series from the rapidly building Atresmedia Studios, launched by Spanish broadcast network Atresmedia, which produced the original La Casa de Papel, to create and sell content for third-party platforms and operators. Its latest scripted show, period romantic drama La Templanza, a Prime Original series for Amazon Prime Video, marks one of the biggest of upcoming series from Spain.
France’s TF1has acquired the Spanish television producer’s Movistar + Original The Pier, sold by Beta Film, and produced with Atresmedia Studios.
Also produced by Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato’s Vancouver Media, The Pier marks the showrunner duo’s follow-up to La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), declared by Netflix to be its most watched non English-language series ever.
Alvaro Morte, the professor inLa Casa de Papel plays the male lead. Capturing a near futuristic Valencia, and the nearby Albufera National Park, an expanse of marshland and rice paddy fields, where time seems to move at another race, Pina has commented, the cinematography looks stunning.
In other ways, this is a departure, a sensual romantic thriller in which an accomplished architect (Verónica Sánchez) is confronted with the alleged suicide of her husband. Investigating on her own, she discovers the secret double-life he had led with another woman (Irene Arcos) and also her own unsuspected new depths and desires.
The main cast, co-director Jesús Colmenar and the producers will be present when The Piercelebrates its red carpet world premiere at Mipcom on Tuesday, October 16, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
“As a leading channel, TF1’s role is to create events and to work with the best talents and partners. The Pierand the work of Alex Pina meet our requirements,” said Fabrice Bailly, head of program and acquisitions, TF1 Group, who added: “After the excellent performances of ‘Good Doctor’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on our channels this year, we are sure that ‘The Pier’ will add to our success.”
Pina and Martínez’s stylish, innovative and morally ambiguous money mint robbery thriller La Casa de Papelwas a huge hit in France. In its take on modern sexual relations, The Pieris likely to maintain their envelope-pushing on traditional morality.
The Pieris a woman’s drama, Martinez has said, where “women behave as women.”