DirecTV, Mediapro team up to develop soccer drama

DirecTV Latin America and Mediapro Group have reached a deal to co-develop the TV series “El fútbol no es así” (Soccer Is Not Like That), based on same-titled novel co-written by Javier Tebas, current president of the Spanish soccer league (LaLiga) and Pedro Torrens.

“El Fútbol No Es Así” is set in Spanish ‘LaLiga’ and follows the investigation around the murder of a soccer club’s president. The series will be part of the original productions of OnDirecTV.

Argentinian writer Eduardo Sacheri, known for his work in the Oscar-winning 2010 production for Best Foreign Film, “El secreto de sus ojos” (he Secret in their Eyes), has been chosen to develop the drama series. The director will be Daniel Calparsoro, who recently directed the “Cien años de perdón”, which became one of the first blockbusters of the year in Spain.

“We are very happy to collaborate with Mediapro in the development of a series that, in addition to entertaining and generating suspense, also aims to ensure that soccer is nothing less than the most beautiful game in the world”, said Willard Tressel , General Manager of OnDirecTV.