Suarez Inks Production Deal with Universal Television

Flody Suarez is going Universal

The Latino producer and former NBC executive and his producing partner Jeffrey Seller have signed a production deal with Universal Television.

Flody Suarez

“Jeffrey’s spectacular track record on Broadway and his knack for finding and nurturing brilliant new talent, such as the creative forces behind Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights and Hamilton, is nothing short of remarkable,” NBC Entertainment and Universal Television chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “There is more and more cross-pollination these days from theater to television, especially at NBC, and we’re excited to see where he and Flody’s instincts and talent relationships will go in the world of television.”

Under Greenblatt, who has strong theater ties and has been involved in a number of Broadway productions, including Hamilton in which he is an investor, theater has had significant presence on NBC. That includes the series Smash as well as live stagings of The Sound of Music, Peter PanThe Wiz Live and the upcoming Hairspray and A Few Good Men.

This marks Suarez’s return to NBC where he was a vice president of development, working on such shows as ER and Just Shoot Me. He is currently a consultant on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and recently consulted for Sony on NBC’s drama The Blacklist.

He has produced several television series, including 8 Simple Rules, The Tick and The Book of Daniel.

Javier Bardem In Talks to Star as Blackbeard in “Pan”

Javier Bardem may soon be taking on his next villainous role…

The 44-year-old Oscar-winning Spanish actor, who earned rave reviews as the bad guy in the most recent James Bond film Skyfall, has reportedly been offered the lead villain role in Pan.

Javier Bardem

The Warner Bros. film is a take on the Peter Pan myth based on a Jason Fuchs script. It’s being hailed as an “origin story” based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale.

Bardem, who most recently starred in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, would portray the captain of the bad guys, Blackbeard.

Bardem earned an Academy Award for portrayed a crazed killer in No Country For Old Men.

Joe Wight is in talks to direct the film.