He was born in Córdoba in 1954. He graduated as an industrial engineer at the Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville, before founding the film and theater production company Maestranza Films in 1991, with which he has produced a large number of titles that garnered great critical and public success.
He is characterized by his commitment to new talents like Benito Zambrano, Mateo Gil or F. Javier Gutiérrez. His 40 films have garnered more than fifty nominations and add up to twenty Goya Awards, in addition to other awards such as the Jury’s Special Prize at Seminci for ‘Return to Hansala’ (Chus Gutiérrez, 2008), which also harvested the Best Film, Audience and Critics awards in Cairo.
In 2013 he was recipient of the Honorary Award of the 10th Seville European Film Festival, and has participated in the board of directors of the Spanish and European Film academies for 14 years. He is also a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and in 2017 he was distinguished with the EGEDA Gold Medal for the Best Producer.
A large part of his films have participated in the official section of the main festivals around the world: Cannes, Venice, Berlin (Audience Award), Toronto or San Sebastián, where he won the Golden Shell. His many productions include titles like ‘Wishlist’ (Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo, 2020), ‘Domino’ (Brian De Palma, 2019), ‘Cages’ (Nicolás Pacheco, 2018), ‘Rosario Tijeras’ (Emilio Maillé, 2005), ‘Fugitives’ (Miguel Hermoso, 2000), ‘No One Knows Anybody’ (Mateo Gil, 1999) or the first three films by Benito Zambrano: ‘Solas’ (1999), ‘Havana Blues’ (2005) and ‘The Sleeeping Voice’ (2011). He has also participated in other films that achieved great public success such as ‘Lord, Give me Patience’ and ‘El Niño’.