Escajeda Signs Two-Year Overall Deal with 20th Century Fox Television Studios

Ingrid Escajeda has found a new Empire

The Latina television producer/writer, a former supervising producer on FX’s Justified, has sealed a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television Studios.

Ingrid Escajeda

Escajeda will develop and supervise projects for the studio, with her first assignment being a co-executive producer role on Fox’s hit primetime soap Empire.

Escajeda, whose pilot script about the LAPD bomb squad got the attention of Justified executive producer Graham Yost and led to a four-season stint on the FX series, recently sold a drama to CBS/20th Century Fox Television Studios that kick-started her deal with the studio.

Her first network sale is set in a suburban Texas county where the cold-blooded assassination of the district attorney means the ascension of Gaby Ortiz, a formidable young prosecutor. Under assault by the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, narco cartels and rampant corruption, she must resurrect the county’s crumbling law enforcement effort, with little more than her defiant will and the support of her extraordinary extended family. Escajeda is writing the script and executive producing with Jonathan Levin.

“We’re always on the lookout for the boldest, most original voices, and we had a great development experience with Ingrid earlier this year that convinced us we wanted to be in business with her exclusively,” said Jonnie Davis, the studio’s president of creative affairs. “We introduced her to [Empire executive producer/showrunner] Ilene [Chaikin] and they hit it off immediately, so this deal both helps make sure Empire has the best resources to continue to thrive creatively and allows Ingrid to develop her own projects down the road.”

Fresnadillo to Direct Cinemax’s Drama Pilot “Blanco”

It’s an extra special Blanco Christmas for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Cinemax has given a pilot greenlight to Blanco, a drama pilot project to be directed by the 45-year-old Spanish filmmaker.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

The project, which stars Shiloh Fernandez centers on Ruben (portrayed by Fernandez), an uptown gangster — nicknamed Blanco for being a light-skinned Dominican — who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire.

Written by Mark Rosner, Blanco hails from 20th Century Fox Television Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment.

Fresnadillo’s credits include directing 28 Weeks Later and Intacto, which earned him a Goya Award for Best New Director in 2002.

Moreno Bringing Drama Spec to the Syfy Network

Alfonso H. Moreno is bringing some drama of meteoric proportions to the Syfy network…

The Latino writer/producer has sold a drama spec to the cable network.


The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox Television Studios and Fineman Entertainment, begins with a meteorite striking a plane. The only two survivors find themselves sleepwalking and waking up with no memory of their actions. On the run from the government, they must figure out what happened to them and prove their innocence.

Moreno will executive produce the series.

He’s previously worked on Made In Jersey, Drop Dead Diva, NCIS, The Practice, The Guardian and The Glades.

Sanchez’s “The Glades” Picked Up for a Fourth Season by A&E

Kiele Sanchez is heading back to the Florida Everglades…

The A&E Network has picked up its flagship drama series The Glades, which stars the 35-year-old Puerto Rican-French American actress, for a 13-episode fourth season.

Kiele Sanchez

The Glades, which also stars Carlos Gómez and Matt Passmore, was A&E’s first scripted series to get real traction with viewers and helped establish the network’s scripted brand.

In its third season, The Glades averaged 4.1 million total viewers for premiere episodes in Live+7, up 5% from Season 2.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television Studios, the show centers on a Chicago detective taking a job with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in South Florida after being falsely accused of sleeping with his captain’s wife. He assumes it’ll afford him a more relaxing lifestyle, but he quickly finds that things are more complicated than he had imagined.

The fourth season of The Glades will premiere in 2013.

Sanchez  previously starred  in The WB‘s comedic ensemble drama, Related. She was cast as a co-star in the third season of the ABC Lost’s but her character was soon written out of the show. And she appeared in the 2007 ABC pilot Football Wives, which didn’t end up going to series.