Movistar Plus Makes Major Wager on Original Series

In the first scene of “El Embarcadero” (“The Pier”), from “Money Heist” creators Alex Pina and Esther Martinez Lobato, Oscar vidcams his lover, Veronica, naked in bed, getting up, popping on a dress and walking out in dazzling sun onto her patio, the stunning L’Albufera freshwater lagoon beyond.

“The Pier’s” opening captures in a nutshell much of Movistar Plus’ major wager as an original series producer, the biggest of any telecom in Europe, having bowed 11 series from “Velvet Collection” in late September last year. Series is co-produced with Atresmedia Series and Vancouver Media.

It’s a just one-minute scene, filmed, however in 20 shots, with incisive style and the money that only a big-budget series can bring. But Movistar + is willing to put large resources at its creators’ disposal. Recreating c.1580 Seville, serial killer thriller “The Plague’s” six episodes cost €10 million ($11.6 million).

One of Mipcom’s only two World Premiere TV Screenings, “The Pier” turns on an ambitious architect, Alejandra, who discovers, after the death of husband Oscar, that he led a double-life with Veronica. The series marks a conscious attempt by Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato, following up “Money Heist,” declared by Netflix to be their most-watched non-English series ever, to move outside their comfort zone of broad penitentiary (“Vis-a-Vis) and robbery (“Money Heist”) genre thrillers, says Martinez Lobato.

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