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Newen subsidiary iZen launches investigative doc label Capa Spain

Spanish production group iZen, which joined the roster of Paris-based TF1 subsidiary Newen Studios last year, has launched a new non-fiction production label, Capa Spain, that will be headed by ...
May 24, 2022

Spanish production group iZen, which joined the roster of Paris-based TF1 subsidiary Newen Studios last year, has launched a new non-fiction production label, Capa Spain, that will be headed by Emmy- and Peabody Award–winning investigative journalist and doc-maker Tomás Ocaña.

Under Ocaña’s leadership, Capa Spain will develop premium documentaries for the Spanish and international Hispanic market. The new label, serving as a sister company to Newen’s Paris-based factual prodco Capa, will draw on Ocaña’s previous experience as head of The Facto Productions, a Madrid- and Miami-based prodco he founded in 2017 that has created investigative doc content for such outlets as Univision, Telemundo and Vice. The company’s most recent docuseries, Lucy in the Spiderweb for Spanish streaming platform RTVEPlay, had its premiere last year at the Malaga Film Festival.

“Capa Spain was born to tell the best stories by combining the rigor of journalism and the narrative of fiction,” said Ocaña. “It is an honor to join Newen Studios with the aim of taking non-fiction and documentary formats to the next level in our country. Spain is a strategic point for many of the great stories, which makes it the perfect place to undertake a project like this, from our territory but looking at the whole world.”

“Having Tomás join us is an honor and a big step in our expansion strategy in the documentary field,” added Philippe Levasseur, head of Newen Studios International. “His experience in Spain and in LATAM will also help us extend our reach to those key territories.”

The launch of the new label marks yet another advance for Newen’s international expansion. The company’s majority stake in iZen gives it access to the numerous prodcos under that banner, both in Spain and the UK (thanks to iZen’s partnership with Scottish indie Storyboard Studios). In September of last year, Newen also acquired a majority stake in Berlin-based Flare Film, extending its footprint into the German market.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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