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Atlantique, Portocabo land on Hierro

France’s Atlantique Productions and Spanish prodco Portocabo are working together on a thriller that is being billed as the first major TV co-development between the two countries.

Olivier Bibas

Hierro (8×52′) is being developed with Spanish broadcaster Movistar+ and French network Arte and has been written by Pepe Coira, Coral Cruz and Araceli Gonda.

It is set in Hierro, a secluded island in the Canary archipelago, and explores the consequences when a man arrested for a brutal murder is released on bail.

Alfonso Blanco will produce for Portocabo and Atlantique’s chiefs Olivier Bibas and Jimmy Desmarais for the Lagardère Studios firm. Shooting is expected to begin early in 2018.

Bibas and Desmarais said the show was “a new exciting step for Atlantique and matches our strategy to foster new collaborations in Southern Europe. Hierro Island is a very exciting arena for a thriller and we are extremely happy to team up with Portocabo.”

Blanco added: “I’m very happy to announce that Hierro is moving along with first-class partners like Atlantique, Movistar and Arte France; and especially to make the announcement here at Series Mania, where the project sprung to life after receiving the award at Berlinale’s Co-Pro Series.”

Movistar+ has been ramping up its scripted efforts recently. Its parent company, telecoms giant Telefónica, recently committed €70m (US$75m) to original series this year in a bid to become the world’s leading supplier of Spanish content.

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