Entertainment One (eOne) announced that it has acquired the international distribution rights (outside of Spain and Portugal) to the epic drama based on real-life events Operación Marea Negra. The four-part series from Amazon Prime Video and Ficción Producciones centers on the first narco-submarine intercepted in Europe, the traffickers aboard the vessel, and the investigators in their pursuit. Brokered by Noel Hedges, eOne’s EVP, Acquisitions, International Distribution, the deal marks eOne’s first original Spanish-language acquisition.
‘With high-quality production values, a talented international cast, and a gripping tale at its core, this exceptional true story is destined to captivate audiences as a true-event miniseries’, commented Hedges.
Set in November 2019 and inspired by real events, Operación Marea Negra follows three companions as they attempt to cross the Atlantic in a homemade sub loaded with more than 3,000 kilos of cocaine. While aboard, they fight for survival – battling storms, unpredictable currents, hunger, infighting,and the authorities – in this risky underwater adventure.
“We are very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in producing this ambitious and technical series with our incredibly talented cast and crew. This has been a massive undertaking as we created two different semi-submersibles andtransported a technical crew of 70 people to Portugal’, said Mamen Quintas and Julio Casal, co-executive producers of Ficción Producciones. ‘It has been a tremendous journey and we’re delighted to be partnering with eOne to bring this remarkable series to audiences around the world’.
Operación Marea Negra is produced by Ficción Producciones (3 Roads, Unauthorised living), with Mamen Quintas and Julio Casal serving as executive producers together with the Portuguese Ukbar Filmes (El Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gaza, Mon Amour). Co-producers are FORTA, led by TVG, and the Portuguese RTP. The series will be directed by Daniel Calparsoro, Oskar Santos (The Favorites of Midas, Hierro, Zipi and Zape and the Marble Club) and João Maia.