VIACOM INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS PARTNERS WITH DIAGONAL TV, PART OF ENDEMOL SHINE IBERIA, FOR THEIR FIRST EVER CO-PRODUCTION IN SPAIN
VIS and Diagonal TV join forces to co-produce a new TV series based on the book “La Novia Gitana” (The Gypsy Bride)
Madrid, 30 January 2020 – Viacom International Studios (VIS) and Diagonal TV, Endemol Shine Iberia’s fiction production company, have announced today that they will work together on the development of La Novia Gitana, a scripted TV series based on the bestseller by Carmen Mola. Both companies have already started working on the project and more details will follow soon.
With more than 100,000 sold-copies, the book from Carmen Mola La Novia Gitana has immediately become a best-seller distributed in seven countries. Carmen Mola, pseudonym for a mysterious writer, narrates the criminal investigation around Susana Macaya’s death. The “gipsy bride” Susana, educated in a non-gypsy environment, disappears after her bachelorette party. When her body turns up, Elena Blanco, the inspector in charge of the case, discovers that Susana was brutally tortured and that her sister Lara, also soon to be married, was murdered in the same manner seven years before. Inspector Elena Blanco has to raise every fold of the Gypsy Bride’s veil to get to the truth, but with Lara’s killer in prison, there are only two options left: there is either a copycat around or an innocent man in jail.
“It is really exciting to be part of a project based on such a successful story, and working with Diagonal TV and Endemol Shine Iberia makes it even more promising. This is a high quality production with a great international potential, a perfect fit for our strategy and vision: investing in content with both local resonance and global reach” affirmed Laura Abril, SVP Editorial Multibrand ViacomCBS Networks Iberia and head of VIS hub in Madrid.
Jaume Banacolocha, Diagonal TV CEO, affirms, “We at Diagonal TV are thrilled to confirm this partnership with ViacomCBS on such an exciting project. We look forward to working together for many years to come and are excited for what the future holds for this collaboration.”
Senior Director Communications, ViacomCBS Networks Spain
Communications Senior Manager, ViacomCBS Networks SWEMEA
About Viacom International Studios
Introduced in 2018, Viacom International Studios (VIS) is a division of ViacomCBS Networks International that produces content for all genres, both for Viacom brands and platforms, including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, Channel 5, Telefe and Porta Dos Fundos, as well as for third parties. VIS global sales include original productions, co-productions, sales in format for local adaptations and sales of canned products. The content that VIS has covers all genres, from soap operas to dramas, short and long comedy formats and film productions.
About Diagonal TV
Diagonal TV is an independent production company and forms part of the Endemol Shine Iberia group. Working primarily in fiction since inception in 1997, it is recognized by successful TV series like Amar es para siempre, La Catedral del Mar, Sin identidad and Isabel, among others. In 2007 Diagonal TV premiered its first film, Joaquín Oristrell’s Va a ser que nadie es perfecto, in 2016 Jordi Frades’ La corona partida, and in 2017 Isabel Coixet’s La Librería, awarded with 3 Goya awards. In 2019 Diagonal TV premiered TV series Matadero, and more recently several products for national and Catalonian TV, as well as series El Nudo.