Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital has made its definitive entrance into the domestic production sector with the signing of a new accord with veteran producer Elias Querejeta.

Under the terms of the deal, Via will co-produce and broadcast forthcoming feature films, TV series and documentaries from Querejeta's self-named, Madrid-based production outfit.

Among the feature film projects already in the works are:

  • The Back Of The World (La Espalda Del Mundo), a film about child labour and the death penalty, among other contemporary social issues, currently in post-production;
  • Assassination In February (Asesinato En Febrero), a murder mystery now shooting;
  • the next film from Fernando Leon (Neighbourhood), currently in script stages, about a group of unemployed men;
  • the next film from Gracia Querejeta (Robert Rylands' Last Journey), also in script stages, about a woman's struggle to lead her family.
  • Other projects include: TV series Neighborhood (Barrio), based on director Leon's critically acclaimed film; The Eye Of The Camera (El Ojo De La Camera), a series of six documentaries about current events; On Today's Music (Cerca De La Musica De Hoy), a series of TV programs dedicated to musicians and their art; Football And Architecture (Futbol Y Arquitectura), a series of documentaries about football stadiums around the world; and After Seven Fingerprints (Tras Siete Huellas), a series of short films written, directed and shot by new talent.

    Earlier this month, Via Digital boarded Terca Vida, a PHF Films/Karma Producciones co-production now shooting in Madrid, although at the time it declined to say whether it would regularly be involved in production. Via maintains an investment agreement with the Spanish Producers' Federation (FAPAE).

    The deal was announced at the third annual Spanish Film Festival of Malaga, where Querejeta is the subject of a retrospective. Via Digital and Antena 3 sponsor the Malaga festival, which is headed by Salomon Castiel and runs through Saturday.