Deal marks eOne’s first original Spanish-language series, as part of its on-going strategy to acquire a robust slate of compelling dramas from across the globe
From Amazon Prime Video and Ficción Producciones, the four-part series is inspired by the incredible true story of the first narco-submarine intercepted in Europe
London – September 27, 2021 – Entertainment One (eOne) announced today it has acquired the international distribution rights (outside of Spain and Portugal) to the epic drama based on real-life events - Operación Marea Negra. The four-part series from Amazon Prime Video and Ficción Producciones centers on the first narco-submarine intercepted in Europe, the traffickers aboard the vessel, and the investigators in their pursuit. Brokered by Noel Hedges, eOne’s EVP, Acquisitions, International Distribution, the deal marks eOne’s first original Spanish-language acquisition.
“With high-quality production values, a talented international cast, and a gripping tale at its core, this exceptional true story is destined to captivate audiences as a true-event miniseries,” commented Hedges.
Set in November 2019 and inspired by real events, Operación Marea Negra follows three companions as they attempt to cross the Atlantic in a homemade sub loaded with more than 3,000 kilos of cocaine. While aboard, they fight for survival – battling storms, unpredictable currents, hunger, infighting, and the authorities – in this risky underwater adventure. Álex González (3 Caminos) stars as Nando, the ex-boxer and leader of the pack who turns to trafficking when his other financial options dry up. Joining him in the international cast are Nerea Barros (La Isla Mínima), Nuno Lopes (White Lines), Miquel Insua (La Unidad), Luis Zahera (El Reino), Xosé Barato (Alba), Carles Francino (Cable Girls), Manuel Manquiña (Antes de la quema), Lúcia Moniz (Love Actually), Luís Esparteiro (Super Pai), David Trejos (Perdida), Leandro Firmino (Ciudadde Dios) and Bruno Galiasso (Marighella).
“We are very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in producing this ambitious and technical series with our incredibly talented cast and crew. This has been a massive undertaking as we created two different semi-submersibles and transported a technical crew of 70 people to Portugal,” said Mamen Quintas and Julio Casal, co-executive producers of Ficción Producciones. “It has been a tremendous journey and we’re delighted to be partnering with eOne to bring this remarkable series to audiences around the world.”
With the continued growth in demand for stories from around the globe, this recent deal is part of eOne’s ongoing strategy to acquire high-quality, premium programming that complements its portfolio of world-class content. Other recent acquisitions include: the French-language series La Garçonne, which launched as France 2’s #1 new scripted premiere for more than 10 months with five million viewers; Australian drama The Newsreader, starring Anna Torv (Fringe, Mindhunter) and Sam Reid (Prime Suspect 1973, Lambs of God), garnered great critical acclaim and launched as ABC’s #1 drama of the day across all channels; eight-part Australian series Upright, starring Tony award-winning and Olivier award-winning writer, comedian and musician Tim Minchin (Matilda the Musical); the UK’s highly anticipated psychological drama The Teacher, starring BAFTA Award winning actress Sheridan Smith (Cilla, The C Word); and Canadian legal procedural Family Law, starring Jewel Staite (Firefly) and Victor Garber (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow).
Operación Marea Negra is produced by Ficción Producciones (3 Roads, Unauthorised living), with Mamen Quintas and Julio Casal serving as executive producers together with the Portuguese Ukbar Filmes (El Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gaza, Mon Amour). Co-producers are FORTA, led by TVG, and the Portuguese RTP. The series will be directed by Daniel Calparsoro, Oskar Santos (The Favorites of Midas, Hierro, Zipi and Zape and the Marble Club) and João Maia.
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.
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About Ficción Producciones
Ficcion Producciones is a Galician based production Company in search of inspiring stories, new formats and pushing towards technology advancements in the audio-visual sector. During their professional career Ficcion, has carried to good term hundreds of TV hours, cinema productions, shows and CGI productions. Nowadays Ficcion is stilled immersed in the production of great projects and in constant search of talents and international production partners, after the success coming from the business partnering with Amazon Prime Video.
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