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Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has acquired international rights to new Spanish Movistar+ original series drama Hierro.

hierro 31Aug2018The 8 x 60’ crime thriller series — co-produced by Portocabo, Atlantique Productions and ARTE France — takes place on the secluded part of the Canary Islands archipelago from which the series takes its name. It begins when a hidden corpse with signs of a brutal murder is brought up to the sea surface and this sees Diaz, a local entrepreneur, sent to prison as the main suspect. After being released by a new judge banished on the island, Diaz sets out to prove his innocence and find out who has set him up.

Currently in production on the island of El Hierro, the drama is created by Pepe Coira and directed by Jorge Coira and stars Spanish actress Candela Peña and the Argentine actor Darío Grandinetti. It will launch on Movistar+ in the first half of 2019.

Hierro is also the first Spanish language drama in the Banijay Rights multi-genre, 20,000-hour catalogue. The Spanish-French-German co-production will join a fiction slate which already includes global scripted successes such as Versailles, Wolf Creek and Occupied. Banijay will be responsible for the international distribution of all rights for Hierro, with the exception of France, Germany, Spain and Latin America.

“From the first time we saw Hierro, we immediately knew we wanted to be a part of it,” commented Banijay Rights head of scripted Caroline Torrance. “With electric storytelling and premium production values, this character-driven drama is set to be a hit with international audiences. We are really excited to work with, support and distribute the work of such acclaimed production talent.”

Added Portocabo executive producer Alfonso Blanco: “Hierro has come a long way since winning the Best Project of the Year at Berlinale 2015, and has become a reality thanks to the combined commitment of Movistar+, ARTE, Banijay Rights, Atlantique Productions and all their respective teams. We could not have asked for better partners for such an ambitious co-production.”