Mexico City, Mexico – February 12, 2019 – Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, continues to bet on Mexican talent with more than 50 projects in different stages of production that include original content and co-productions for 2019 and 2020. Additionally, Netflix confirmed the opening of a Mexico City office for this year.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, met with the creative community to speak to the importance of Mexico in the world of entertainment and their future plans at the conference FORO: a Netflix original event. “The richness of talent in front of and behind the camera in Mexico was key in our decision to begin our local production strategy with Club de Cuervos four years ago. Since then, we have continued to expand our local investment and continue providing a platform for Mexican talent to be recognized around the world,” he concluded.
Netflix confirmed four local films in different stages of development that will be added to its slate over the next two years. The projects include Como caído del cielo, a musical comedy inspired by the songs of Mexican legend Pedro Infante, starring Omar Chaparro (Overboard, No Manches Frida, La Boda de Valentina) and Ana Claudia Talancón (Perfectos Desconocidos, El Recluso, El crimen del padre Amaro), written and directed by Pepe Bojórquez (Más sabe el diablo por viejo); Fondeados, with Marcos Bucay (Club de Cuervos; Yo, Potro) in his feature film directorial and writer debut; Se busca papá, a family film produced by Corazón Films; and Ahí te encargo, a modern take on a romantic comedy, written by Tiaré Scanda and Leonardo Zimbrón, and produced by Traziende Films.
Rio Grande, Rio Bravo, a project that includes five documentary shorts executive produced by Gael García Bernal, with producers Elena Fortes and Daniela Alatorre of No Ficción, will feature directors such as Trisha Ziff, Juan Carlos Rulfo and Everardo González, telling human stories that take place in the US-Mexico border. Other documentaries will premiere before the end of the year covering historical events, crime, sports and gastronomy.
Several new projects will also be added to the slate of Mexican original series, among them Los corruptores, based on the novel of the same name by Jorge Zepeda Patterson, and the young adult series Sofía H., both produced by Lemon Films; Bandidos, produced by Leonardo Zimbrón and created by Alejandro Brugués and Esteban Orozco; El Club, which is already in production, produced by Argos Comunicación, created by Camila Ibarra and starring Alejandro Speitzer, Minnie West, Jorge Caballero, Axel Arenas and Arcelia Ramírez; and an untitled thriller produced by The Immigrant with Camila Jiménez and Silvana Aguirre as executive producers.
Previously-announced projects that will go into production this year include Selena: the series, based on the life of Selena Quintanilla and produced by Campanario; the second season of The House of Flowers from Manolo Caro; and American Jesus, based on the graphic novel from Mark Millar and produced by brothers Leopoldo and Everardo Gout. Following the success of their first stand-up comedy specials on Netflix, Franco Escamilla and Daniel Sosa will also return with new specials this year.
On Netflix, audiences all around the world can discover stories from acclaimed Oscar-winning directors like Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro, alongside internationally-known Mexican talent like Diego Luna, Jorge Gutierrez and Gael García Bernal, and renowned actors like Luis Gerardo Méndez, Marina de Tavira, Kate del Castillo, Veronica Castro and Cecilia Suárez, and new voices like Academy Award nominee Yalitza Aparicio.
About FORO: a Netflix original event
In its first edition in Mexico, FORO Netflix is an event that brings together the creative community and Netflix executives and talent to talk about the future of entertainment and the company’s bets on the country and best practices. Diego Luna, Verónica Velasco, Billy Rovzar and Manolo Caro were among the participants of panels. Netflix teams also spoke with event attendees about the latest advances that help create the best entertainment experience for the more than 139 million Netflix members around the world.
Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 139 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.