Julio Iglesias and Netflix Strike Deal for Series About Iconic Singer’s Life

Iconic Spanish singer Julio Iglesias has teamed up with Netflix to develop a series about his life and career.

The project will be made with the full participation of Iglesias in the creative process for the first time, with the 80-year-old promising to “share everything about his life and incredible musical trajectory,” according to a press release.

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Currently in development, the series will “tell the story of how Julio Iglesias became the first non-English artist to enter the American and Asian markets and turned into a universal star who is among the five biggest record sellers in history,” the release continues. “Throughout his more than 55 years of artistic career, Julio Iglesias has recorded and sung in 12 languages and has connected fans from all over the world, becoming the first Spanish artist with universal reach to have his songs sung all over the planet.”

“After the many speculations, books and documentaries in which I have not been involved, for the first time I have decided to tell the truth about my life to a universal company like Netflix,” Iglesias said in a statement. “After much deliberation, finally, a very touching letter sent to me by Bela Bajaria (chief content officer at Netflix) was enough to convince me that Netflix was the ideal company to develop this project. I feel grateful to a lot of people from many countries who have supported me and have boosted my life.”

Added Diego Ávalos, vice president of content at Netflix: “Julio Iglesias has trusted us to tell his story. We are very grateful for his generosity. We all know that his talent and tenacity are unique in the world. Now, we will have the opportunity to see beyond the lights, the pictures in the magazines, the gold records and to really get to know in depth an exceptional person who has accompanied and will accompany many generations in every corner of the planet.”

Iglesias didn’t set out to become a singer right away: he started in the youth ranks of Real Madrid before an accident ended his football career. Iglesias then turned to music, soon becoming one of the top record sellers in music history. A global superstar, Iglesias has recorded songs in the most languages in the world and has been celebrated as the most popular foreign artist in China, Brazil, France, Italy and more. In 2019, he was honored at the Grammys with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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