In advance of the series’ July 15 premiere, El Rey Network said during today’s TCA session that it has ordered a 13-episode second season of the soccer-themed spy thriller Matador, from writer-producer Roberto Orci. A sneak peek of the premiere episode becomes available this week on iTunes, Vudu, Xbox 360 and other platforms. The move comes after the nacent network in March renewed its first original scripted series, From Dusk Til Dawn, two weeks into its run.
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Gabriel Luna stars in Matador as Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a soccer star who in reality uses his sports career for a cover as a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA. Alfred Molina, Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, Tanc Sade, Yvette Monreal, Elizabeth Peña, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Sammi Rotibi, Jonny Cruz, Isabella Gomez and Peter Gadiot co-star. Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie are showrunning and exec producing along with Orci, Alex Kurtzman and consulting producer Andrew Orci.
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EXCLUSIVE: El Rey Network, the English-language cable network co-founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, will have its production and corporate headquarters in Austin, marking the first time a general entertainment network will have a formal production home in the state. The network targeting English-speaking Latino viewers, which launched last year, has offices in New York and Los Angeles, which will continue to function while the company grows its employee base in Austin. The move expands Rodriguez’s presence in Austin — his own Troublemaker Studios has been based in the Texas capital since 1998. El Rey already is filming its first original scripted series, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, in Austin. The drama, an offshoot of Rordiguez’s cult movie, had its premiere at Austin’s SXSW and already has been renewed for a second season. It will be joined by a number of other scripted and unscripted content for the network. “I want to be among the first to thank El Rey for joining a long list of businesses to call Texas home,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “El Rey is an important part of our burgeoning television production community, helping build our long-term industry infrastructure and making Texas even more competitive for jobs in movies and television.” Read More »
El Rey Network has dropped the trailer for its upcoming action drama series Matador from Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie, Roberto Orci and Andrew Orci. Gabriel Luna stars as Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a popular soccer star who in reality uses his sports career for a cover as a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA. The international cast also includes Alfred Molina, Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, Tanc Sade, Yvette Monreal, Elizabeth Peña, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Sammi Rotibi, Jonny Cruz, Isabella Gomez and Peter Gadiot. Dworkin and Beattie are showrunning and exec producing along with Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and consulting producer Andrew Orci. Matador premieres on July 15, two days after the World Cup final:
El Rey Network has begun production on eight hourlong episodes of Cutting Crew, the network’s first unscripted original series. It has been been set to premiere in the fall. The series centers on award-winning barber Amit Corso and his raucous team at their shop on the outskirts of Philadelphia, where they execute cutting-edge cuts while finding plenty of time to bicker, debate and joke around. Production kickoff comes on the heels of El Rey’s success launching its first original scripted series, From Dusk Till Dawn, which was picked up for a second season last month two weeks after it bowed. (The network’s second scripted series, the Roberto Orci- and Alex Kurtzman-scripted Matador, is in production for a July bow after the World Cup.) Cutting Crew is produced by BIG VIDA Entertainment for El Rey Network. Sergio Alfaro, Flavio Morales, John Ehrhard and FactoryMade Ventures executive produce with El Rey co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.
Boris Kodjoe (The Real Husbands Of Hollywood) is set as a series regular in The Club, (formerly known as untitled Susannah Grant), ABC‘s 13-episode upstairs/downstairs drama set at a private country club from CBS TV Studios and ABC Studios. Kodjoe will play Deacon, a Hall of Fame pro football player who moved his family back East and is trying his hand at real estate. Infuriated by the bureaucracy, and ultimately realizing that knowing the right people will make things easier, he joins the Club. He’s repped by Gersh, Untitled, and Bloom, Hergot, Diemer, Rosenthal, LaViolette, Feldman, Schenkman and Goodman.
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Two weeks into its run, El Rey Network‘s first original scripted series, From Dusk Till Dawn, has been picked up for a 13-episode second season. Because El Rey — available on Comcast, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable — is an ustart, it is not yet measured by Nielsen, so no ratings data for the show is available. But From Dusk Till Dawn has been bringing in coin from distribution pacts, including a deal with Netflix, which carries the series in key international territories and is on board for Season 2, and a DVD/EST agreement with eOne for the U.S. and Canada, which makes From Dusk Till Dawn episodes available on Amazon, iTunes, Sony Playstation, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play, Cinemanow, Blackberry and Target Ticket after their El Rey premiere. “As the television landscape becomes even more crowded, it’s important for El Rey Network to have a recurring and memorable franchise that speaks to our audience and allows us to break away from the noise of all the competition,” El Rey vice chair Scott Sassa said. “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is most certainly that kind of property and we are thrilled with the response from our affiliate partners, advertisers, viewers and the international community.”
From Dusk Till Dawn is based on the cult classic film of the same name by El Rey co-founder Robert Rodriguez, who created the series and directed four of the first season’s installments. “This is a truly unique property and one that has really resonated for viewers,” he said. “It has been a joy to bring these characters back to life and have the opportunity to take our storytelling to a whole new place.” From Dusk Till Dawn will be followed by El Rey’s second scripted series, action drama Matador, which is in production. Read More »
Joseph A. Nunez (Super Bad, NCIS) has booked a role in ABC comedy pilot The Winklers from Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal; Henry Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler; and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis. Based on Henry Winkler’s relationship with his son-in-law, Reinis, Winklers centers on Jack (Domenick Lombardozzi), an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws — successful actor Henry (Winkler) and Tita Winkler (Judith Light), the fabulous, fierce momma bear of the family. Nunez will play Paco, a construction worker on Jack’s crew whose secret passion is dance.
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Jonny Cruz (Cool Wheels) and Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black) have been cast as recurring in the upcoming action drama series Matador, for Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Matador chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna), a popular soccer star who in reality uses his sports career for a cover as a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA. Cruz, repped by House of Representatives and Hines and Hunt Entertainment, will play Ricky Bravo, Tony’s younger brother who’s currently in prison. Bruce, repped by Resolution, Canada’s Pacific Artists Management and manager Michael Bruno, Gabriel, a Lothario type DEA Agent. He recently … Read More »
Adam Hicks (Lemonade Mouth) has been cast in History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Roland Joffé will direct. Hicks, repped by Paradigm, Gilbertson Entertainment, and Myman Abel Fineman Fox Greenspan Lights, will play Turett Fincham, the youngest Ranger who faces his first skirmish with a group of murdering Indians. Hicks will next be seen in the upcoming feature Boy Next Door.
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From Dusk Till Dawn, the first original series from the El Rey Network, is based on the cult horror movie by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Internationally, it’s being branded as From Dusk Till Dawn: A Netflix Original Series now that the streaming giant, in association with Miramax, El Rey and FactoryMade Ventures, has pacted to make the 10-part drama available to subscribers in the UK, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and the Nordics starting March 12. Netflix members in Latin America will get the show a week later on March 19. The series is Rodriguez’s first foray into serialized drama. It premieres on El Rey in the U.S. on March 11. From then, new episodes will arrive weekly in Europe and Canada within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast. Latin America will follow a week later. The story follows bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his brother, Richard ‘Richie’ Gecko (Zane Holtz) as they shoot their way south after a bank heist in Abilene, Texas. The series takes place over the course of one night, following the brothers as they try to evade a pair of Texas rangers. Along the way, they take a family hostage and steal their RV to cross the border. Chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club populated by vampires. With the law, the undead and some of Mexico’s most hardened criminals on … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Gabriel Luna has been cast in the title role of Matador, the upcoming action drama series for Robert Rodriguez‘s El Rey Network, created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Matador chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo (Luna), a popular soccer star who in reality uses his sports career for a cover as a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. The character is described as a Latino take on James Bond. Matador, El Rey’s second original scripted series after the upcoming From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, will start production in Los Angeles at the end of March, with Rodriguez directing the first episode and Nicky Whelan playing the female lead. It is slated to premiere following the World Cup in July 2014. Executive producing are Orci and Kurtzman, who wrote the first episode with showrunners Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, as well as Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products; and Rodriguez along with El Rey co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. Luna, repped by Carissa Stewart & Peter Gallagher of The Arch Talent Group, Washington Square Films and Joel VanderKloot, also plays a lead in the upcoming feature Intramural.
El Rey Network announced today that its original, scripted actions series Matador from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will premiere in July following the World Cup soccer tournament. El Rey also confirmed that the network’s founder Robert Rodriguez will direct the first episode of the series. Production gets underway at the end of March with Nicky Whelan, repped by UTA, Luber/Roklin and attorney Dave Feldman, set for the female lead. Matador is El Rey’s second original series to launch. It was announced earlier that the network’s first scripted project, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, premieres March 11. El Rey also announced that the first of 10 primetime installments of El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair will premiere in April. The new hourlong series provides a forum for two directors to go one-on-one. El Rey also said it has inked a multi-year licensing deal with Celestial Pictures for martial arts titles from the Shaw Brothers library. Read More »
El Rey Network has dropped the first official trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, based on the cult horror movie of the same name. The 10-episode series is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko, who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw and Freddie Gonzalez after a bank heist left several people dead. Series stars D.J. Cotrona as Seth Gecko and Zane Holtz as Richie Gecko. Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons Of Anarchy) plays Gonzalez, a new character created for the series, and Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw. From Dusk Till Dawn premieres March 11 at 9 PM. Check it out:
Under the pact, Entertainment One will handle El Rey Network‘s slate of original scripted programming worldwide. The deal was announced today by John Morayniss, CEO, eOne Television, and Scott Sassa, Vice Chair, El Rey Network. The first project under the pact is El Rey’s upcoming series Matador, a scripted thriller from K/O Paper Products’ Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. EOne will also handle DVD and EST rights in the U.S. and Canada for El Rey’s new supernatural crime saga From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, set to premiere March 11. This deal comes on the heels of eOne’s partnership with AMC Networks to exclusively distribute AMC and Sundance Channel’s original scripted series internationally announced in September.