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Karl Yune Cast In CW’s ‘Arrow’; James Callis Joins El Rey’s ‘The Matador’

By | Thursday July 3, 2014 @ 7:10am PDT

Karl Yune Cast In CW’s ‘Arrow’; James Callis Joins El Rey’s ‘The Matador’Karl Yune has joined the cast of the CW drama Arrow. He will recur as Maseo Yamashiro, a skilled martial artist who is married to Katana (Devon Aoki). The character will be introduced in flashback as Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) handler — a teacher and a friend who advises and helps the Arrow become a superhero. Yune’s credits include Real Steel, Speed Racer and upcoming thriller The Invitation. He is repped by Global Artists and Zero Gravity Management.
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Hot TV Trailer: El Rey’s ‘Matador’

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 2:53pm PDT

El Rey Network hasGANG RELATED 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:

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Boris Kodjoe Joins ABC’s ‘The Club’; Yvette Monreal In El Rey’s ‘Matador’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 5:15pm PDT

Boris Kodjoe (The Real Husbands Of Hollywood)boris3 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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El Rey Network Renews ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ For Second Season

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 9:28am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

DUSK Key ArtTwo 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 El-Rey-Network (1)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 »

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Joseph Nunez Joins ABC’s ‘The Winklers’, Jonny Cruz & Dylan Bruce In ‘Matador’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 6:36pm PDT

jacknunez1Joseph 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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jonnycruz1bruceJonny 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 »

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Adam Hicks Joins History’s Texas Rangers Mini; Alfred Molina In El Rey Series ‘Matador’

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 8:08am PDT

Adam Hicks (Lemonade Mouth) adamhicks1has 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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Gabriel Luna Gets The Lead In El Rey Series ‘Matador’, From Bob Orci & Alex Kurtzman

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 4:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

lunaEXCLUSIVE: 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.

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El Rey Network Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Matador’, ‘The Director’s Chair’; Inks Licensing Deal With Celestial Pictures For Martial Arts Films

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 10:52am PST

El-Rey-Network (1)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 nickywhelanunderway 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 »

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EOne, Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network Ink Multi-Year International Distribution Deal

eone__130730173326-200x229__130924193702Under 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.

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