SP TELEVISÃO: The Reality of Portuguese Fiction
When António Parente and Jorge Marecos created SP Televisão exactly 15 years ago, they had a past in the audiovisual sector with notable successes, such as NBP and SP Filmes.
It was the "feeling of restlessness and the need to do something", in the words of António Parente, that led them both to set up the production company in the summer of 2007.
What seemed at the time to be an adventure with a reasonable dose of risk has become, 15 years later, the largest fiction production company in the Portuguese audiovisual market, starting to penetrate the international market.
A success story worth telling.
Chapter 1 - The reality of the dream
The summer of 2007 marks the birth of the production company and also its immediate relationship with RTP, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary.
SP Televisão responds to a contest launched by the public operator and produces the remake of the soap Vila Faia, the first Portuguese telenovela, broadcast in 1982.
It also produced what would become a remarkable success for RTP, the period series Tell Me How it Happened, based on a Spanish original and still one of the quality marks of public television, broadcast between 2007 and 2011.
The following year, SP won over another important client, SIC, producing the soap operas And The World May End (2008-2009) and Perfect Heart (2009-2010), starting a relationship of continuity until today.
The soap opera And The World May End, written by Pedro Lopes, became an important milestone in Portuguese fiction because it marked the conquest of prime time for Brazilian soap operas, produced by Globo.
The consecration of the quality of fiction produced by SP came in 2011, when the soap opera Blood Ties received the International Emmy.
The dream of 2007 came true.