Laura Fernández Espeso leads the creation, production and distribution strategy of The Mediapro Studio, the international audiovisual content company of Grup Mediapro, which promotes film and television production worldwide. Laura sits on Grup Mediapro’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Included on the Forbes List of the 50 most influential women in the media and entertainment industry in Spain, Laura is a member of the US Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a Juror for the International Emmy® Awards. Under her leadership, the Studio has promoted film and television production globally for clients that include Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Warner Bros. Discovery, HBO Max, Disney+, ViX, Lionsgate+, Paramount+, Movistar Plus+, Atresmedia, Mediaset and RTVE.
In 2022, Laura rubber-stamped several major international agreements, including the launch of the Moonlyon production company along with Penélope Cruz and an alliance with Turkish production giant Medyapim. Firmly committed to equal opportunity and promoting new talent, Laura is the main promoter of The Mediapro Studio-UCM Master’s in Screenwriting and is a member of both the Diversity and the Sustainability Committees at Grup Mediapro.
The Studio’s most recent film titles include The Good Boss, directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and starring Javier Bardem, winner of 30 awards, both in Spain and internationally, including 6 Goya Awards and Best Comedy Film Award at the EFA, and Official Competition, directed by Argentine filmmakers Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn and starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez, which was released globally to excellent reviews in the international media. The film has its global premier at the Venice Film Festival. The Studios’ new feature film is The 47, directed by Marcel Barrena, currently in postproduction.
In television production, Laura is responsible for scripted fiction and non-fiction projects, including series such as The Head, shot in English and whose two seasons have been distributed in over 90 countries; productions scheduled for release in 2023, such as Pelotaris 1926, UPA Next, El otro lado, Mano de hierro and Romancero, as well as other titles that have received awards and great critical and public acclaim, including the Vota Juan saga, Maricón Perdido, Paraíso, The Boarding School Las Cumbres, Express, Locked Up, The Ministry of Time and I’m Alive. Her non-fiction content includes series such as Lola, MotoGP Unlimited, Fernando, Six Dreams and hit TV programs such as “El Conquistador”, “El Intermedio” or “La Resistencia”.
The Mediapro Studio has laid the foundation for significant production development in Latin America, with successful titles such as Iosi, The Regretful Spy, Las Bravas, Primate, Código implacable, Victoria Small and It Was Always Me. The Studio is working on its first productions in the US and UK, currently underway.
Laura Fernandez Espeso joined Globomedia in 2009 as Director of International Development and Director of the Cinema Division. After Group Mediapro’s acquisition of Globomedia in 2015, Laura was named Head of International Content, driving group strategy for international productions and co-productions, as well as overseeing the development of international offices and the international distribution department. Prior to joining the group, Laura had worked in independent film production houses, and she also held executive positions at several multinationals, marketing departments and advertising agencies.