On the heels of the breakout success of Pantelion‘s Spanish-language comedy Instructions Not Included, the feature venture between Lionsgate and Mexican media giant Televisa as well the companies’ TV studio South Shore have signed an overall film and TV deal with top Latino comedy actor George Lopez. Lionsgate is already in business with Lopez with Saint George, a 10/90 comedy series at FX. The first project under the new agreement is Pantelion Films’ English-language feature La Vida Robot, starring and produced by Lopez, which is slated to begin production in mid-October in New Mexico. It is based on Joshua Davis’ Wired magazine story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who form a robotics team and, with $800, used car parts and a dream, they build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition taking down reigning champion MIT. Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) is directing from a script by Elissa Matsueda, with Lopez, Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert, Rick Jacobs, Travieso’s Leslie Kolins Small and Pantelion’s Ben Odell producing and Ron Bass co-producing. The TV slate includes comedies and an action drama in development with Stan Lee. READ MORE »
Lionsgate & Televisa’s Pantelion Films And South Shore Ink Overall Film & TV Deal With George Lopez, Greenlight ‘La Vida Robot’
After venturing into the 10/90 sitcom model with the Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management, FX has closed another 10/90 deal with the companies behind Anger Management, Lionsgate TV and Lionsgate’s television distribution company Debmar-Mercury, for a half-hour sitcom starring and co-created by actor-comedian George Lopez. Under the pact, FX has given an initial 10-episode order to the project, titled Saint George. If it meets pre-set ratings thresholds over the 10-episode run, the network will trigger an additional 90-episode pickup the way it did last year on Anger Management.
Lopez originally signed a deal with Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury to co-create, star in and executive produce a Latino family sitcom in early 2012. In February, he teamed with Roseanne creator Matt Williams after Lionsgate signed a first-look deal with Williams and his Wind Dancer Films earmarked for the Lopez show. Created and co-written by Williams, his Wind Dancer partner David McFadzean and Lopez, Saint George revolves around the chaotic life of a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur (Lopez), who struggles to balance his demanding ex-wife, his 11-year-old son, his overbearing mother who just moved in, and his uncle, as well as his new role as a philanthropist “giving back” by teaching history once a week at a night school. “In the tradition of George’s frank and fearless standup comedy, Saint George will reflect his no-holds-barred comedic take on the tensions surrounding race, class, sex and family life in Los Angeles through the eyes of a man straddling two separate cultures,” said Lionsgate TV Group President Kevin Beggs said. Production of the 10-episode order begins in August.
Matt Williams, creator/executive producer of 1980s hit Roseanne, has come on board as writer/showrunner for another family sitcom — a George Lopez-starring vehicle, which will be produced by Lionsgate TV and distributed by sibling Debmar-Mercury under the company’s 90-10 model. A year ago, Lopez, co-creator and executive producer of multi-camera sitcom George Lopez, which ran on ABC for six seasons and 120 episodes, signed a deal with Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury to co-create, star in and executive produce a new multi-camera comedy about a Latino family. Then this past January, Lionsgate signed a first-look deal with Williams and his Wind Dancer Films. The George Lopez comedy falls under that deal.
Under Debmar-Mercury’s 10-90 model, which the company employed for the Tyler Perry comedies and Ice Cube’s Are We There Yet on TBS and most recently for Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management on FX, the company sells sitcoms to cable networks with an initial 10-episode straight-to-series order, which, if meeting a ratings target, triggers a multi-season order as big as 90 episodes. Williams and Lopez executive produce the project with Lopez’s manager, 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg. Liosngate TV and Debmar-Mercury also are working on a 90-10 sitcom with Kesley Grammer and Martin Lawrence.
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George Lopez opened his penultimate show last night with jokes about its cancellation, which happened earlier in the day. “In case you did not see the news on unemployment, it’s at an all-time high. And for Latinos, it just got a little higher,” he said. “Big news: Sony just announced they’re doing a sequel to the Smurfs movie, so today I lost some work because I’m brown, but I got some work because I’m blue.” He evoked the image of another actor who recently lost his TV job, Charlie Sheen. “I’m taking it good, I’m fine, but my goddesses are a wreck … they left me. And I’m losing teeth.” Lopez also referenced the fact that there are no more minority comedians hosting late-night shows with his and Mo’nique’s canceled within a week. “The next time you see a black and Latino guy together on TV, it is (boxers) Ortiz and Mayweather in Las Vegas. In the end, “we’re not saying goodbye, we’re just saying cable doesn’t work,” he said. Here is video of his opening monologue:
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