Latinotelevision shows are on the rise.
After successes from shows revolving African-American experiences like â€œPowerâ€ and â€œSurvivorâ€™s Remorse,â€ Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announced at the Television Critics Associationâ€™s press tour that the cable programming network will push for a Hispanic initiative for new shows.
Starz will partner with Televisa USA, an arm of Grupo Televisa, to develop the English-language version of the telenova â€œEl Maleficoâ€ that ran for 320 episodes in Mexico from 1983-1984. The story is about a powerful businessman who makes a deal with the devil.
Mauricio Katz will be the showrunner. Katz co-created A&E Networkâ€™s â€œNino Santoâ€ and worked on FXâ€™s â€œThe Bridge.”
Haxan Filmsâ€™ Eduardo Sanchez teamed with Cuban writer-director Alejandro Brugues for supernatural drama â€œSanteria.â€ The story follows undercover agents investigating strange murders against the backdrop of Cuban faith tradition.
Brugues is known for â€œJuan of the Deadâ€ and Sanchez was a pioneer of found footage films with â€œThe Blair Witch Project.â€
A half-hour dramedy â€œPour Vidaâ€ is based off a short story by Richard Villegas Jr. about twin sisters inheriting a building in East Los Angeles. They will attempt to open a wine bar in a gentrification effort but to adopt the neighborhood as their own.
Marc Turtletaub, Dan Pasternack and Erin Keating will be executive producers on this project.
Finally, Starz is hopeful to shoot â€œHavana Quartetâ€ series in Cuba. Itâ€™s mentioned this project depends on the incoming President of the United States to lift the film embargo on this nation.