Turner EMEA has taken a significant new step with its general entertainment content slate as it prepares to start production on a new series out of Madrid.
Vote for Juan, a scripted political comedy series of eight 30-minute episodes set in the world of Spanish politics, begins filming in June.
The move expands Turner EMEA’s 2018 GE production slate which currently comprises 4 Blocks, Arthur’s Law and Other Parents, all produced out of its Munich operation, and Hackerville, a co-production with its sister company, HBO Europe.
The Turner GE slate has been well-received to date, with 4 Blocks winning some of Germany’s most prestigious industry awards including the Goldene Kamera, Grimme Preis and Deutscher Fernsehpreis, securing strong rating on TNT Serie in Germany and being acquired by Amazon globally for its Amazon Prime Video service.
With Vote for Juan, Turner EMEA will have five GE originals in production for 2018.
“We have a rich track record in developing innovative original kids’ content – from the multiple BAFTA award winning The Amazing World of Gumball now in its sixth season through to the all-new The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, launched as part of an interactive web-game – but now we are making real strides as well in the GE content we are developing out of Europe,” said Giorgio Stock, president Turner EMEA.
“We are putting content investment that pushes genre boundaries at the heart of our strategy in both kids and GE and arte producing more locally relevant premium content than ever before. Our investment in programming has grown exponentially over the past five years and we are committed to maintaining that focus to bring our fans the high-quality content they have come to expect of us.
“Together with the great US content pipeline in both kids and GE which we can tap into and bring to our own EMEA markets, we are playing more actively than ever before in the content creation space.”