MIAMI, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and Gato Grande Productions, a new joint venture between MGM and Mexican entrepreneurs Miguel Alemán Magnani and Antonio Cué Sánchez Navarro, announced an agreement giving Telemundo exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the officially authorized TV series based on the life of the internationally renowned music super star and Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum recording artist, Luis Miguel.
“For decades I have been asked to tell my story, many have created their own versions, now I have decided to tell the true story of my life,” said Luis Miguel. “I am ready to revisit my past and its many aspects that have sparked so much curiosity and speculation. People will travel alongside with me through a surprising, unexpected and emotional journey that has shaped the artist and the person that I am today.”
The TV series will have its world premiere on Telemundo, the innovative Spanish-language network that introduced hit bio-musicals such as “Celia” and “Hasta Que Te Conocí,” and will be produced by Gato Grande Productions. MGM’s President, Television Group and Digital, Mark Burnett, will help develop the series and lead Gato Grande in its first scripted project designed to tackle the growing U.S. Hispanic market.
This is not Burnett’s first foray into Spanish-language programming. Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank) and MGM are in their third season with Lucha Underground a professional wrestling series. Burnett produced the Spanish-language version of Son of God, which was shown in more than 400 theaters in the U.S. “Luis Miguel has become a close personal friend of mine and my wife Roma. He is a wonderful human being and a bonafide superstar whose authentic story deserves to be told. I am grateful he selected us for this production and I know that Telemundo is the perfect and biggest home for the Luis Miguel story,” said Mark Burnett.
“We are proud to partner with Gato Grande and Mark to bring Luis Miguel’s official and authorized life story for the first time to U.S. Hispanic audiences,” said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “Our Telemundo teams have established themselves as the leaders in finding the best stories and developing innovative genres for the U.S. Hispanic market. We are thrilled to add such a legendary music icon to our primetime bio-musicals lineup.”
Overseeing the production of the series is Gato Grande’s head of development, Carla González Vargas, who was an independent filmmaker in Mexico and author of several books on film history.
About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises encompasses Telemundo, a Spanish-language television network reaching 94% of Hispanic TV households and featuring original scripted and non-scripted productions, theatrical motion pictures, specials, news and first-class sports events; Telemundo Studios, the leading producer of original Spanish-language primetime content in the U.S.; the Telemundo Station Group, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets, through its 17 owned stations and 54 broadcast affiliates in the US and Puerto Rico; Universo, the fastest growing Spanish-language entertainment cable network in the U.S. bringing immersive original programming and the world’s top sports franchises to more than 40 million households; Telemundo International, the second largest distributor of Spanish-language content in the world, reaching more than 120 countries in over 40 languages; and its Digital Media unit, which creates and distributes original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices, apps, www.telemundo.com and www.nbcuniverso.com, and operates Fluency Productions, the company’s multi-format, multi-platform production studio. NBCUniversalTelemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
About Luis Miguel
Considered one of the top male singers worldwide today, selling over 100 million records worldwide. Winner of 5 Grammy Music Awards – A child prodigy who won his first Grammy at the age of fourteen – and continuing until today – the recipient of a continuous stream of awards generated from the American Grammy’s; Latin Grammy’s; Billboard Awards; and various foreign governments, including Mexico and Spain. His musical career spans the genre of the music world; from pop, bolero, mariachi and romantic ballads, to recording a duet with Frank Sinatra “Come Fly With Me” and being personally invited by Frank Sinatra to appear with him on Frank Sinatra’s show: 80 Years My Way -along with Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Cole, and Bob Dylan.
About Gato Grande Productions
Gato Grande is a joint venture between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and high profile Mexican entrepreneurs, Miguel Alemán Magnani and Antonio Cué Sánchez Navarro. The newly founded company develops and produces high-quality Spanish-language content.
About Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett is a ten-time Emmy Award winning television producer and MGM’s President, Television Group and Digital. Burnett has produced more than 3,200 hours of television programming, which regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide. Currently, Burnett is currently executive producing six network television shows and a cable show: The Voice (NBC), Survivor (CBS), Shark Tank (ABC), Beyond the Tank (ABC), Lucha Underground (The El Rey Network) and the upcoming Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC) and Beat Shazam with Jamie Foxx (FOX). In December 2015, Burnett was named MGM’s President, Television Group and Digital numerous scripted television series to his oversight including Fargo (FX), Vikings (HISTORY) and Teen Wolf (MTV). MGM Television’s The Handmaid’s Tale recently premiered on Hulu and its upcoming series, Get Shorty, will launch on EPIX and Condor will be seen on AT&T’s Audience Network this year.