Prodigius Audiovisual, the new TV movie joint production venture of Spanish media groups DeAPlaneta and MEDIApro, has unveiled its first three projects in a push to produce and back ten made-for-TV movies per year.

Jaume Santacana, the newly-appointed director of the venture, says as many as half those ten projects could be international co-productions, possibly with other European partners. Average budgets are anticipated at around Euros 800,000.

The first film begins shooting in January and production on the initial three will be back-to-back, meaning all three will be completed and ready for broadcast by mid-summer. The first three are backed by Catalan regional broadcaster TV3 and aim to be sold as a package for prime-time slots on a national and other regional broadcasters.

They also boast high-profile local talent both in front of and behind the camera.

They include:
Sexual harassment drama Monica from director Eduard Cortes, recently nominated for a best new director Goya award for debut feature Nobody's Life (La Vida De Nadie), scripted by writer-director Luis Marias (X) and set to star Antonio Resines (The 507 Box) and Ana Fernandez (Solas). Shooting from January.

La Vida Aqui (provisional title) from veteran TV director Jesus Font and a script by Carlos Montero, about the struggles three economic refugees from Argentina face in Spain. Shooting begins in March.

Con El 10 A La Espalda, also from director Cortes. Scripted by Daniel Sanchez Montero and planned for a May-June shoot, tells the story of a father who is devastated by the death of his elder son, a promising basketball player, and tries to transform his younger son into the basketball star.