William Levy to Star in Pantaya’s Dramatic Thriller “Montecristo”

William Levy is ready to thrill…

The 41-year-old Cuban actor and former telenovela star will be leading the cast of the newly announced dramatic thriller Montecristo, from Pantaya and Secuoya Studios.

William Levy

Levy’s new series is set in Havana, Madrid, and Miami.

Based on Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, the series tells the story of Alejandro Montecristo (Levy), an enigmatic figure who bursts into the public eye and raises concerns amongst the world’s elite because of the mysterious origins of his fortune.

He’s the founder and CEO of a new technology company that has incited the envy and interest of many, among those is Fernando Alvarez Mondego – a businessman connected to the Spanish aristocracy who wants to acquire the Montecristo startup. What Fernando doesn’t know is that Montecristo is someone he knew decades ago and the reason for his emergence is fueled purely by revenge.

“I’ve been drawn to the story of The Count of Montecristo since my youth,” Levy tells Deadline in an exclusive statement. “He’s a mysterious figure driven in his pursuit of justice and vengeance, which are powerful themes that resonate universally. I am so thrilled to be partnering with Secuoya Studios and Pantaya to bring this story to life in a way that has never been seen before.”

“Montecristo is our newest modernized premium classic series,” adds Mario Almeida, Head of Content for Pantaya. “This story of vengeance and passion has unforgettable characters at its core, and the new take on this timeless story is brilliantly conceived. We feel there is no better partnership to serve revenge coldly.”

Levy began his career in the Spanish-language market where he quickly rose to become to one of the most sought out talents where he remains today. He expanded his reach with U.S. audiences in the 2000s with roles in Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms ClubGirls Trip opposite Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter; and most notably on the small screen as a regular in Lee Daniels’ Star.

“We are extremely proud in our multiple project slate with Pantaya and William, they both are an integral part of our expansion plan in the Americas and the world,” said David Martinez, head of fiction, and Sergio Pizzolante, head of the U.S. and Latin America from Secuoya Studios, respectively.

The television adaptation is written by Lidia Fraga and Jacobo Díaz and will be directed by Alberto Ruiz-Rojo. The series is produced by David Martinez and executive produced by Secuoya Studios and Sergio Pizzolante. Levy and his producing partner Jeff Goldberg will also serve as executive producers.

The series will premiere on Pantaya in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Pantaya Releases First-Look Trailer for Lucía Puenzo’s New Series “Señorita 89”

Lucía Puenzo is preparing for a little pageantry

Pantaya has released the official first-look trailer and teaser key art for the Argentine author, screenwriter and film director’s Señorita 89, one of the most anticipated of series from Latin America in 2022,

Lucía PuenzoPuenzo’s new series will premiere in the U.S. on February 27.

Produced by Academy Award winners Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín and Fabula, PantayaStarzplay and Fremantle, “Señorita 89” is showrun by Puenzo, who is rapidly emerging as one of the Latin America’s foremost film and television writer-directors after La Jauría, first fruit of a first-look deal between Fabula and Fremantle.

La Jauría drilled down on multiple forms of sexual abuse, powered by a thriller format. Señorita 89 looks as if it might do the same but in a far different context, exposing the unseen and unseemly reality behind the glamor of a 1989 Miss Mexico beauty pageant.

The drama thriller is set in a seeming paradise, La Encantada estate in wooded Mexican hills where 32 beauty queens arrive for three-months of grooming before competing for become Miss Mexico.

The paradise soon becomes a living hell. Some of this hell’s circles are teased in this first look, as well as its disruptive and often very human passions – carnal, romantic, narcotic – and a plush high style which forefronts, however, restrictive framing, whether gateways, passages and corridors.

Also introduced, however briefly, is a top notch Mexican-Chilean cast playing what looks like the series’ main characters: Miss Guerrero (Bárbara López), with a perfect body and self-destructive bent; Miss Chihuahua (Leidi Gutiérrez), who grew up working in a sweat shop; Elena (Ximena Romo), a brilliant post-grad student brought in to teach the girls culture; and above all, Concepción, embodied by Ilse Salas, one of the finest Mexican actors of her generation who is co-director of La Encantada.

There’s also the suggestion of a fairy tale in the cozy establishing shot of the house in the big woods and the positioning of Concepción as a step-mother to her wards; and echoes of film styles and classic works – ‘50s American melodrama,

Concepción’s husband as a Doctor Frankenstein, Dante’s “Inferno” – which Puenzo is so good at picking up and reworking to instructive effect.

Just how all of this rich material will play out remains to be seen. Pantaya will premiere “Señorita 89’s” first two episodes on February 27 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, followed by a weekly episode every Sunday.

The full season of eight episodes will be available for binging on April 10. Starzplay will distribute the series in Spain and Latin America. Fremantle handles global distribution.

Fernanda Castillo Signs Overall Deal with Pantaya

Fernanda Castillo has a new deal…

The 39-year-old Mexican actress has signed an overall deal with Pantaya.

Fernanda Castillo As part of the agreement, Castillo will star in and co-produce original series and films (via Pantelion Films) for the company.

Castillo and Pantelion previously partnered on the film No Manches Fridaone of the top-grossing Spanish-language comedies, and Ya Veremos, which is one of the most successful films on the streamer.

“One of the most fascinating and exciting things about my work as an actress is that it allows me to cross borders and tell stories that have an impact on the culture and identity of the viewers,” Castillo tells Deadline.

“I am honored to be able to create content with Pantaya for the U.S. Hispanic community and for this to be a bridge that allows us to connect to our roots and reflect who we are,” she continued. “I am thrilled to be part of their mission to give Latinos the premium television content they deserve.”

Pantaya and Pantelion’s CEO, Paul Presburger added, “Fernanda is an incredible talent, and her films are consistently fan favorites amongst Pantaya subscribers. We are thrilled to collaborate with her on this new slate of projects and to be continuing the aggressive growth of our talent partnerships and content offerings.”

Pantaya’s partnership with Castillo is the third talent deal for the streamer, who recently announced deals with Maite Perroni and Mauricio Ochmann.

Maite Perroni Signs First-Ever Overall Deal with Pantaya

Maite Perroni is making history…

The 38-year-old Mexican actress and singer has signed a multi-year overall deal with Pantaya, the Spanish-language streamer’s first-ever overall deal of its kind.

Maite PerroniPerroni will star and co-produce original series and films for the company. Films developed as part of the deal will be produced in tandem with Pantelion Films, Pantaya’s partner company.

The deal builds on an existing relationship between the widely recognized Latin superstar and Pantaya following their multiple collaborations, including leading roles in the series El Juego de las Llaves and Herederos por Accidenteand the films Un Rescate de Huevitos and Doblemente Embarazadawhich she starred in and executive produced. All are currently available to stream exclusively via Pantaya.

“It’s such an honor to formalize this partnership with Pantaya and Pantelion Films, after collaborating for so many years on great projects, including the opportunity to be the Pantaya spokesperson at the beginning of their launch four years ago,” Perroni said in a statement. “I am excited and grateful to get to work with great minds to create powerful and entertaining premium quality content for the Hispanic audience in the U.S. and around the world.”

Added Paul Presburger, CEO of Pantaya and Pantelion, “Maite is an extraordinary talent, and we are delighted to continue our successful relationship with her. This new partnership highlights the immense growth we’ve had at Pantaya as we expand our slate of content in tandem with leading talent and producers. We can’t wait to collaborate with Maite and share our new programming with our subscribers.”

Perroni—who is also producer and songwriter— burst onto the scene while starring in the 2004 hit telenovela Rebelde that followed the adventures of six Mexico City students who formed the band RBD. The group, of which Perroni was a part, jumped off-screen finding international success from 2004 until their split in 2009. They reunited in 2020 virtually.

She also most recently starred in Netflix’s Dark Desire, a thriller drama series set to premiere its second and final season in 2022.

Pantaya & Amazon Prime Video Renew Ana de la Reguera’s Eponymous series “Ana” for Two More Seasons

Ana de la Reguera isn’t done opening up about her life just yet…

The 44-year-old Mexican actress’ eponymous series based on her life for Pantaya in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video has been renewed for seasons 2 and 3.

Ana de la Reguera

Anaproduced by VIS, a division of ViacomCBS— is a bilingual comedy created, produced, written, and starring de la Reguera about an aging actress trying to find her place in the world and in Hollywood as she nears her 40s.

“I am really happy to continue sharing this story and that the audience has received it as we expected,” de la Reguera said in a statement. “The next two seasons will be a lot of fun! Thanks to ViacomCBS, Amazon Prime Video, and Pantaya for all the trust since the beginning of this project. They have allowed me to grow a lot as a creator and I will be infinitely grateful to them.”

In season 2, Ana will try to keep her sanity and continue to deal with her mother who now lives with her in Los Angeles, while starring in a television series of bad 90s sitcoms.

In the third part of the series, Ana must rebuild her life and regain her credibility as an actress.

Series co-stars include Carlos Miranda, Tina Romero, Paulina Dávila, Ali Gardoqui, Augusto Gardoqui, Paly Duval and Eduardo “Lalo” España.

Ana’s forthcoming seasons will premiere exclusively on Pantaya in the United States and Puerto Rico and Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world.

Season one, which was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Best Television Series Scripted in Spanish, is available to stream now via Pantaya and Amazon.

Cassandra Sanchez-Navarro Signs with Buchwald & Anonymous Content for U.S. Representation

Cassandra Sanchez-Navarro is ready to crossover stateside…

The 30-year-old Mexican actress and telenovela star has signed with Buchwald and Anonymous Content for representation in the United States.

Cassandra Sanchez-Navarro

Sanchez-Navarro starred in the romantic comedy Cindy La Regiaa film that went on to become the most successful film in her native Mexico in 2020.

She most recently appeared in the Pantaya release El Peligro En Tu Miranda, currently available for viewing on streaming platforms.

Up next, she will appear in two films: Malcriados and Enfermo Amor opening in Mexico later this year.

Other credits include appearances in Netflix’s Sense 8 and El Dragon: Return of the Warrior for Univision and Televisa.

Sanchez-Navarro was classically trained at LA’s Lee Strasberg Academy and New York American Musical and Dramatic Academy, before going to London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

She’s a fifth-generation actor and granddaughter of Manolo Fabregas, often referred to as ‘The Man of Theater’, and the first Mexican to perform on Broadway, starring opposite legends including Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood.

She continues to be represented by manager Prensa Danna in Mexico.

FilmSharks Sells Rights to Stefanía Tortorella-Starrer “Ghosting Gloria” Globally

It appears Stefanía Tortorella will be ghosting around the globe…

The Latina actress’ latest project Ghosting Gloria (Muerto Con Gloria), a high-concept spooky comedy, has sold its U.S. rights to Pantaya, the company run by Lionsgate and Cinelatino.

Stefanía Tortorella

The Spanish-language film, directed by Mauro Sarser and Marcela Matta, has also sold to Spain’s largest telcom group, Movistar+, which took all digital rights. AV-Jet has taken Taiwanese rights.

FilmSharks, the Buenos Aires-based sales agency, has also entered discussions for various remakes of the film, including in the English-language.

The film is set to have its world premiere at Fantasia next month. It follows Gloria, a 30-year-old single woman who has never had an orgasm. She finally finds her ideal lover, but the only caveat is that “he” does not inhabit the world of the living.

The film also stars Nenan Pelenur, Mauro Sarser, Federico Guerra, Noelia Campo, Marco Manfrini, Cecilia Sánchez and Nicolás Pereyra.

Pantaya to Premiere Season Two of Eugenio Derbez’s “Derbez Family Vacation” in May

Eugenio Derbez and his family are trippin’ out next month…

The first four episodes of the second season of the 59-year-old Mexican Mexican actor, comedian and filmmaker’s Derbez Family Vacation (De Viaje Con Los Derbez) will premiere on May 20 on Spanish-language streaming service Pantaya.

Eugenio Derbez's "Derbez Family Vacation"

The remaining three episodes will launch on May 27.

The Spanish-language docu-comedy offers a behind-the-scenes look at the vacation adventures of Derbez and his family, many of whom also are actors.

In Season 2, the family explores the scenery of the northwest of the United States, from extreme adventures at Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho, exploring the breathtaking views at Yellowstone National Park, to having close encounters with big and small wild creatures in Big Sky, Montana.

The series is produced in association with Lionsgate by Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas Studios, as well as Katy Wallin and Stephanie Bloch ChambersWallin Chambers Entertainment.

The first season of the series is available on Pantaya in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and internationally on Amazon Prime Video.

Alejandra Guzman to Star on Season 2 of Pantaya’s Spanish-Language Series “El Juego de Las Llaves”

Alejandra Guzman is gearing up for some el juego…

The 52-year-old Mexican Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and actress has joined the Season 2 cast of Pantaya’s hit Spanish-language scripted series El Juego de Las Llaves.

Alejandra Guzmán 

Guzman joins a roster of cast newcomers that includes Laura Leon and Cristián de la Fuente.

Also joining the ensemble cast are Barbara Lopez, Michelle Rodriguez and Gustavo Egelhaaf.

El Juego de las Llaves streams on Pantaya, a Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group joint venture, in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and internationally via Amazon Prime Video.

El Juego de las Llaves is a provocative half-hour Spanish-language scripted series that follows four long-lasting couples and friends who decide to swing, and are left to face the impact of their decisions in the comedic aftermath.

The all-star cast includes Maite Perroni, Sebastián Zurita, Marimar Vega, Horacio Pancheri, Humberto Busto, Hugo Catalan, Ela Velden and Fabiola Campomanes.

Guzman, known for her television role in Una familia con suerte, most recently served as a coach on La Voz… Mexico and La Voz in the U.S., the Spanish-language versions of the singing competition The Voice.

Leon has appeared in telenovela hits like Dos mujeres un camino, El premio mayor and Mujeres engañadas, whose theme songs she also sang and have become classics of Latinx pop culture.

de la Fuente has had leading roles in Amor bravio, Quiero amarte and Sueño de amor. He has also appeared in a number of English-language film and television series including In Plain Sight, Driven, Basic and CSI: Miami.

El Juego de Las Llaves was created by Marisa Quiroga and developed by Patrick McGinley, Veronica Bellver and Corazon FilmsSandro Halphen, alongside Amazon Prime Video and Pantaya.

Directors on season 2 include Kenya Marquez, Javier Colinas and Roberto Fiesco.

The series is produced by Pantaya and Corazón Films.

Juanes to Host Star-Studded Christmas Musical Special “Celebremos: Eterna Navidad”

Juanes is getting into the holiday spirit…

The 45-year-old Colombian superstar and his wife Karen Martínez are set to host a star-studded Christmas special that will stream only on Pantaya, according to Billboard.

Juanes

Titled Celebremos: Eterna Navidad, the musical event — produced by streaming service Lionsgate‘s Pantaya, Universal Music GroupElefantec Global and Plataforma — will feature performances by Alejandro FernándezDanna PaolaGloria Trevi and Los Tigres del Norte, among many others.

“We all need a little extra Christmas cheer this year and what better way to bring people together than by a holiday special featuring joyful music and celebrity fun,” said Mario Almeida, Pantaya vice president of programming, development, and acquisitions. “We are excited to be working with the biggest names in Latinx entertainment and to partner with Pepe Baston’s Elefantec Global, Plataforma and Universal Music Group.”

The holiday special will also include other guests, including actors Aislinn Derbez, Ana De La Reguera, Sebastian Zurita and Ricardo O’Farrill, and renowned chefs Benito Molina and Solange Muris.

Celebremos: Eterna Navidad premieres December 4 on Pantaya and can be streamed across the U.S., including Puerto Rico.