The 39-year-old Mexican actress has signed an overall deal with Pantaya.
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 Frida, one 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.
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.
Perroni 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 Accidente; and the films Un Rescate de Huevitos and Doblemente Embarazada, which 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 Rebeldethat 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.
Perez joins a list of cast newcomers that includes Enrique Arrizon, Damian Alcázar and Raphael Alejandro.
Richard Shepard will direct the pilot episode for Lionsgate Television.
Created by Austin Winsberg, Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman, Acapulco is a half-hour Spanish- and English-language comedy that centers on Maximo (Arrizon), a young Mexican man whose dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime at the hottest resort in Acapulco. But soon he realizes that the gig is far more complicated than he ever imagined as all of his beliefs and morals start to be questioned.
The series takes place in 1984, with Derbez narrating and playing the present-day version of the main character.
Also reprising his role from the movie is Alejandro, who plays Hugo, Older Maximo’s nephew.
Alcázar joins the cast as Don Pablo, the head of operations at the Acapulco resort. Perez will play Julia, the resort’s front desk receptionist.
Perez’s credits include Gotham and A Teacher.
Arrizon’s credits also include An Unknown Enemy.
Alcázar has been seen in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian andThe Perfect Dictatorship.
The 58-year-old Mexican actor, comedian and filmmakerand his thespian family are the subjects of the under-the-radar reality television series De Viaje Con Los Derbez.
The unscripted docu-comedy series, about a Derbez family vacation to Morocco, will launch in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on October 18 via Pantaya,Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group’s Spanish-language SVOD service, and will stream internationally onAmazon Prime Video.
The half-hour Spanish-language episodes will see a camera crew follow the Derbez family on the surprise vacation, offering a behind-the-scenes look at their adventures and escapades.
It will mark the first time the entire family of performers, who reach nearly 70M followers on social media, will be seen together on television.
The star-studded family consists of Derbez’s wife/actress Alessandra Rosaldo, their daughter Aitana, Derbez’s older actor sons Vadhir and José Eduardo and actress daughter Aislinn Derbez (La Casa de Las Flores) with her husband Mauricio Ochmann (Ya Veremos) and their daughter Kailani.
The series is produced in association withLionsgate by Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas Studios as well as Katy Wallin and Stephanie Bloch Chambers’ Wallin Chambers Entertainment, who both have TV deals with Lionsgate. 3Pas Studios also has a first look deal with Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films.
Derbez, Odell, Wallin and Bloch Chambers will serve as executive producers.
“I’m thrilled to be working with our Lionsgate friends in bringing my reality series to Pantaya and Amazon Prime Video,” said Derbez, who is best known for box office hits Instructions Not Included, How To Be A Latin Lover and the remake of Overboard, as well as a string of popular Spanish-language TV series.
He continued, “When they learned that I was planning to take my entire family on a surprise trip to Morocco, they had the crazy idea of documenting our adventures. We have always tried to keep our personal lives private so we were all really nervous about doing this but I think our audience will love it. They will finally know that we are just as crazy and dysfunctional as any family!”
“Eugenio has delivered a string of box office hits for Pantelion Films, and we couldn’t be more excited to have the creative mastermind behind them helming our first original unscripted television series,” said Pantaya and Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger.
“De Viaje Con Los Derbez is the perfect example of the synergies we aim to create across the company and our focus on empowering talent to tell their stories through different mediums,” added Lionsgate SVP and Head of Unscripted Programming Alice Dickens-Koblin.
Fresh off the huge Mexican box office opening of his comedy Ya Veremos, the 40-year-old Mexican American actor is joining Mexican comedian Omar Chaparro in the Spanish-language comedy Backseat Driver.
Pantelion Films, 3Pas Studios and Alcon Entertainment are producing the film, which starts production in Mexico next month.
The film also stars Zuria Vega (Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia), Consuelo Duval (Netas Divinas), and Mauricio Barrientos (Qué Culpa Tiene El Niño).
It tells the story of mild mannered Tomás (Ochmann) who flies to Puerto Vallarta to seek revenge against the cabdriver (Chaparro) who has been having an affair with his wife (Vega). The film is a remake of the Filmline-produced Korean-language original Driving With My Wife’s Lover, which was written and directed by Kim Tai-Sik.
The feature is the latest project from Lionsgate label Pantelion and 3Pas Studios’ Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odellfollowing their collaboration on the Overboard redo and How To Be A Latin Lover.
Argentinian filmmaker Ariel Winograd (Sin Hijos) is directing from a screenplay by Paul Fruchbom (The Cool Kids). Derbez and Odell are producing under their 3Pas banner.
“3Pas is committed to supporting amazing creative voices across the U.S. Latinx community and Latin America,” said Odell. “We’re huge fans of Omar and Mauricio. Together, they form an unforgettable comic team under the direction of Ariel Winograd, who has helmed some of the best Spanish-language comedies of the decade.”
Ochmann’s credits include Telemundo’s hit telenovelas El Clon and El Chema.
The 56-year-old Mexican actor, comedian and filmmaker has signed on for a guest starring role on the Disney animated series Elena of Avalor, according to Variety.
The series follows Elena, Disney’s first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. Derbez will voice Guillermo, a restless spirit with a passion for music, in a special Día de los Muertos-themed episode for the series’ third season, which is set to debut next year.
Derbez was most recently seen in the remake of Overboard starring opposite Anna Farris. He’s also set to appear in the live-action Dora the Explorer movie, which is slated for a 2019 debut.
He’s known for his roles in films like Instructions Not Included, which he also directed and co-wrote, and How to Be a Latin Lover.
Derbez and his 3Pas Studios recently signed an overall deal with Lionsgate Television and previously signed a first-look feature-film deal with Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films.
Omar Chaparro will be hearing wedding bells in February…
Pantelion will release its Spanish-language romantic comedy La Boda de Valentina, starring the 43-year-old Mexican actor, in limited release in the United States on February 9.
La Boda de Valentina, which also stars Marimar Vega and Ryan Carnes, was directed by Marco Polo Constandse.
The story followsValentina (Vega), who seemingly has the perfect life in New York, with a perfect job and a perfect boyfriend, Jason Tate (Carnes) — far, far away from her scandalous political family in Mexico. When Jason proposes to her and wants to go to home to meet the family she has been keeping a secret, her two worlds clash. Adding to the chaos, her family brings her ex, Angel, (Chaparro) into the picture and convinces Valentina to go along with a sham marriage to him in an effort to stop further negative press as her father runs for re-election. In the end, Valentina must choose where her heart belongs.
The first trailer has been released for director Rob Greenberg’s Overboard, starring the 56-year-old Mexican actor.
It’s a remake of the Garry Marshall-directed comedy of the same name starring Goldie Hawn as a pampered heiress and Kurt Russell as a tormented carpenter.
Greenberg flipped the gender roles for the remake, with Derbez portraying a spoiled playboy andAnna Faris as a put-upon single mom hired to clean his yacht.
From MGM and Pantelion Films, Derbez plays Leonardo, a selfish gadabout who unjustly fires and refuses to pay Kate (Faris) for cleaning services rendered. When the guy from Mexico’s richest family gets wasted and falls out of his luxury yacht, he comes to on the Oregon coast with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. Kate shows up at the hospital and, eager for payback, convinces Leonardo that he is her husband and puts him to work — for the first time in his life. After a rough start, he eventually earns the respect of his new “family,” but his real kin are hot on their trail.
Eva Longoria and John Hannah also star in Overboard, which was written by Bob Fisher and Greenberg and Leslie Dixon.
MGM and Pantelion will replace the film on April 20.
Following the impressive U.S. box office returns of the 54-year-old Mexican comedian’s English-language debut How to be a Latin Lover, Lionsgate-Televisa joint venture Pantelion Films has renewed its first-look deal with Derbez and producing partner Benjamin Odell’s production company, 3Pas Studios. The companies originally inked a first-look pact in August 2014.
The comedy about a gold-digging Lothario getting his comeuppance stars Derbez, Salma Hayek and a clutch of American actors led by Raquel Welch, Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry, Kristen Bell and Rob Riggle.
Ken Marino’s directorial feature debut grabbed the number two slot at the box office the weekend of April 28, grossing $12 million on just 1,118 screens. Its opening weekend audience was 89% Hispanic.
“It has always been our goal to reach deep into the acculturated Hispanic market,” said Pantelion CEO, Paul Presburger, adding: “I think we also accomplished what we have always wanted to do, which is to start bridging across acculturated Latinos to the general market.”
The deal renewal reflects Lionsgate’s commitment to underserved Hispanic audiences in the U.S. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has long been a strong advocate for Pantelion and its initiatives.
“We are really happy to continue our relationship with Pantelion, Lionsgate and Televisa,” said Odell, adding: “They provide us very strong support but allow us a lot of creative freedom as we continue to strengthen the 3pas Brand and expand both into the mainstream and internationally. We couldn’t think of better partners.”
Founded some two years ago by Derbez and former Pantelion executive Ben Odell, 3Pas Studios has a packed slate of comedies in development.
Next out of the gate is Overboard, a remake of Garry Marshall’s ‘80s comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Comedy is slated to start principal photography May 23 in Vancouver with Anna Faris starring opposite Derbez.
Aside from remakes of French comedy The Valet and Korean comedy Miss Granny and live action comedy Ponce, 3Pas is also producing animated feature La Familia Peluche, based on Derbez’s popular live action TV show that aired on Univision and Televisa.
Pantelion is also collaborating with Televisa and Starz on the series Teresa, based on the popular telenovela, and gearing up for the July launch of the still-unnamed streaming movie service with partners Univision and Hemisphere Media.
The 55-year-old Mexican actor will star opposite Anna Faris in the MGM/Pantelion Films/3Pas Studios film Overboard, a reimagining to the 1987 Garry Marshall-directed screwball comedy starring Goldie Hawn as a selfish heiress and Kurt Russell as the working-class guy who she eventually falls for.
Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher are attached to write and direct the film, which is scheduled to star production in Vancouver this May.
The new rendition will feature a role reversal from the original and focus on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families (Derbez) who falls overboard off his yacht, and is convinced by a working-class single mom (Faris) that he is her husband.
Derbez also serves as producer along with Ben Odell. MGM and Pantelion will co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution.