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Former HBO execs launch May One prodco

February 29, 2024

Former HBO Europe executives Johnathan Young and Ioanina Pavel have launched production company May One, a creative hub to produce television drama in Romania for local and international audiences.

Based in Bucharest, the company will develop, produce and provide creative partnership for series shot in Romania, working with established and new talent from both within and outside the country. Its first commission, currently shooting, is the original Netflix series Subteran, announced in October 2023 and produced alongside Tudor Reu (Mobra Films).

Young commented: “Romania is a hot-bed for creativity, and the country provides an enticing and fascinating backdrop for TV. With our knowledge and network in this vibrant, exciting space we want to be a hub for local talent, to attract collaborations, and create high-quality drama that brings a different flavour to international audiences.”

Pavel added: “Here in Romania we have ideas that won’t be found anywhere else, and the creative talent to back them up. Our aim is to elevate these for local and global audiences, tapping into our unique vision and landscape to create bold, genre shows that feel unique and distinctive, but have broad appeal.”

Young and Pavel have many years of experience developing and producing drama in Romania and Central Europe. At HBO Europe in his role as VP Original Production, Young oversaw HBO’s slate of original local language series in the region. His Executive Producer credits include award-winning Polish series Wataha (The Pack), Romanian-German international co-production Hackerville, and most recently HBO Max’s Cold War spy drama Spy/Master. Pavel began as a Development Executive at HBO Romania, working on hit Romanian gangster drama Umbre (Shadows) and Hackerville, before going on to produce a variety of series including romantic drama RUXX, reality contest One True Singer, and Spy/Master for HBO Max.

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