Orci Signs with ICM Partners

Roberto Orci has a new Partner in crime…

The 43-year-old Mexican film and television writer, producer and director has signed with talent and literary agency ICM Partners.

Roberto Orci

Orci’s writing and producing credits include some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including credits two Transformers and Star Trek films and Mission: Impossible III.

Orci, longtime partner of Alex Kurtzman, is also an Emmy-winning television writer-producer, who co-created Fox’s Fringe and Sleepy Hollow. He has also been a writer-producer on Alias and Hawaii Five-O, among other shows.

Orci had previously been at Creative Artists Agency, and he continues to be lawyered by Michael Gendler.

Royo Joins Cast of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”

Andre Royo is pursuing his Masters

The 47-year-old half-Cuban American actor is joining the cast of Showtime’s Masters of Sex for Season 4, according to Variety.

Andre Royo

Royo will be portraying the late Sammy Davis Jr., who will meet Masters and Johnson (played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, respectively) when he performs on “Playboy After Dark” this season.

Masters of Sex Season 4 premieres on September 11 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

Royo’s credits include appearances on Marvel’s Agent Carter, Empire and Fringe.

Royo Lands Recurring Role on Showtime’s Comedy Pilot “Happyish”

Andre Royo has reason to be happyish

The 46-year-old Afro-Cuban American actor has landed a recurring role on Showtime’s comedy pilot Happyish as a recurring.

Andre Royo

Described as a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, Happyish centers on Thom Payne (portrayed by Steve Coogan) – a 44-year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives. Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford co-star, with Carrie Preston and Molly Price on board in recurring roles.

Royo, best known for his role as Reginald “Bubbles” Cousins on HBO’s The Wire, will portray Barry, a former corporate lawyer who followed his heart to the Family Court, only to find it even more depressing than Corporate Law was.

His other television credits include appearances on Fringe, Party Down and How to Make It in America.

Orci Promoted to Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s “The Blacklist”

J.R. Orci has moved up The Blacklist

The Mexican and Cuban American television writer/producer, the brother of noted film and television writer/producer Roberto Orci, has been promoted to co-executive producer on NBC’s The Blacklist, which is one of Fall’s hottest new dramas.

J.R. Orci

Orci, who joined the series after the pilot as a consulting producer, has also signed a two-year overall deal with Blacklist producer Sony Pictures Television.

He wrote the episode guest-starring Robert Sean Leonard as a rogue chemical weapons scientist.

Orci worked with his brother on Fringe, Hawaii Five-0 and Alias.

Rodriguez’s El Rey Network Partnering with Univision

Robert Rodríguez is getting into business with Univision

The Spanish-language network has announced a new partnership with El Rey Network, the upcoming English-language cable network from the 44-year-old Mexican American filmmaker and John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa’s FactoryMade.

Robert Rodriguez

El Rey is set to launch at the end of the year via Comcast. 

Univision will be responsible for the back-office operations, sales and distribution of the network.

“The El Rey Network is going to be the home of kick-ass entertainment,” said Rodriguez at Univision’s upfront presentation.

The first shows from El Rey, according to the El Mariachi director, will be a TV version of his and Quentin Tarantino’s Dusk Till Dawn film and a still-unnamed action series developed by Fringe and Star Trek Into Darkness producers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci’s K/O Paper Products.

Orci to Helm “Sleep Hollow” Pilot for Fox…

There could be plenty of sleep for Roberto Orci in the near future…

The 39-year-old Mexican-American film and television writer/producer and his business partner Alex Kurtzman have received a pilot commitment from Fox for their drama pitch Sleepy Hollow.

Roberto Orci

Described as a modern–day supernatural thriller based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, it follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil.

Orci and Kurtzman will write the script with up-and-coming scribe Phillip Iscove, on whose idea the project is based. In addition, Orci will serve as an executive producer on the project.

This is the first TV project Orci and Kurtzman will co-write since the 2010 launch of their production company as a pod based at 20thCentury Fox Television.

Orci and Kurtzman previously co-penned Fox’s Fringe with JJ Abrams and CBSHawaii Five-0 reboot.

Garcia to Guest-Star on “Californication”

Jorge Garcia is experiencing a case of Californication

The 39-year-old half-Cuban/half-Chilean American actor/comedian has landed a guest-starring role on Showtime’s Californication.

Jorge Garcia

Garcia will be reunited with his former Lost co-star Maggie Grace, who was previously cast in the major recurring role of Faith, a rock star groupie and muse who befriends David Duchovny’s character Hank Moody. Not surprisingly, their relationship becomes more than platonic.

Garcia, who most recently starred in Fox’s short-lived sci-fi series Alcatraz, will play an old contact from Faith’s past.

Jorge Garcia & Maggie Grace

Grace first tweeted the news of their reunion, sharing a photo of the pair on set, saying:

“Cue music: ‘reunited & it feels so goood’ #lost reunion @Jorgegarcia & i join forces in upcoming #Californication ep!”

Since his days on the mysterious island on ABC’s Lost, Garcia has appeared on How I Met Your Mother, Fringe and the short-lived Mr. Sunshine.