Ran Tellem Talks The Mediapro Studio Signature Series ‘The Head’

Variety | 10/13/2019 | John Hopewell
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CANNES — Set at the South Pole in Winter, shot largely in English but with Danish as well, featuring heavy VFX, co-produced by Hulu Japan and HBO Asia and starring “La Casa de Papel’s” Alvaro Morte and Japanese idol Tomoisha Yamashita, survival thriller “The Head” is certainly one of the biggest Spanish series set for release next year. That, these days, means something.

The subject of a Mipcom First Look session on Tuesday, “The Head” is also as signature show for The Mediapro Studio whose parent, The Mediapro Group, burst onto the high-end drama scene, co-producing “The Young Pope.”

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Its fascination cuts multiple ways, says The Mediapro Studio’s Ran Tellem, who will talk at the First Look on Tuesday. One large appeal: the setting, the South Pole, during its six month winter. “I thought it was a brilliant setup to do something there in a complete darkness, complete isolation, even though you are still on Earth it feels almost like you’re in space,” he adds.

Also, he says, “there’s the way the story unravels.” At Mipcom, Tellem will take some five minutes of Tuesday’s First Look to recount the series first 15 minutes, which he once pitched to brothers Alex and David Pastor to successfully persuade them to develop the series as its writers.

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The set up, says Tellem is “a very simple and clear story.” On the last day of summer, at Polaris VI Antarctic base, most people fly out leaving a skeleton staff, ten, eleven, twelve people, called the Winterers, to stay behind for six months in complete isolation and darkness.

“Cut to six months later, we see the choppers landing at the base. When they open the door they find many bodies, and just one survivor.That one survivor starts telling them the story and they have no idea whether the story that...
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