Gemma Garcia Named Executive Vice President of News at Telemundo

Gemma Garcia is making news of her own…

The Latina television executive is returning to Telemundo to lead the Noticias Telemundo news division.

Gemma GarciaShe will succeed Patsy Loris, who departed in January as executive vice president of news.

Garcia will oversee news programming, editorial units, digital news properties, newsgathering and bureaus in the United States and Latin America.

Garcia will report to Luis Fernandez, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

Garcia most recently was the head of news at RTVE Play, an OTT service of Spain’s public media company Radio Television Espanola. She previously had several different news leadership positions at Telemundo, including as senior vice president of digital news. She also helped develop and launch initiatives like Planeta Tierra, an environmental reporting unit, and the Axios Latino newsletter.

In a statement, Garcia said that “as we approach historic presidential elections in both the United States and Mexico, I look forward to working with the best team of news professionals in Spanish language television to continue to give Latinos a voice and provide them with all the news and resources they need to make well-informed decisions.”

Fernandez said Garcia “brings impeccable news judgment, invaluable experience as an innovative news leader and an unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality journalism to the Latino community.”

Luis Fernández Starring in the Spanish-Serbian Thriller Series “Scar”

Luis Fernández is revealing his scar

The 38-year-old Spanish actor is starring in the Asacha Media-backed Spanish-Serbian thriller series Scar (Cicatriz) has taken shape.

Luis FernándezFernandez stars alongside Milena Radulovic and Juanlu González in the scripted series, with Stefan Kapicic, Mladen Sovilj, Goran Susljik and Julen Serrano also attached.

Cameras are already rolling in Spain on the European co-production from Plano a Plano, Dopamine and Adrenalin.

Scar is billed as follows: “An enigmatic woman with a mysterious scar across her face, Irina (Radulovic) has lived with the emotional scars of tragedy since she was a young child and ever since, has been intent on exacting revenge.”

Fernández is known for roles in Antena 3 fantasy series Los Protegidos, and other shows such as A Tres Metros Sobre el CieloDesaparecidos and Servir y Proteger.

Radulovic is known for Serbian-British drama series Besa and Russian thriller Superdeep, while González starred in Netflix’s Valeria and the popular Spanish TV crime series La CazaLa Otra Mirada and features including Operación Camarón.

González will play a gifted IT specialist with no social skills who meets Irina through a dating app and falls head over heels in love with her, drawing him into her dangerous and complex world.

Fernández will play his best friend and business partner, a charismatic and frivolous extrovert who acts as his connection to the real world.

Growing European production group Asacha Media brought about the co-production between Spanish-language producers Plano a Plano and Dopamine and Serbia’s Adrenalin. The series was made in association with Spanish pubcaster RTVEPrime Video Spain and Telekom Srbija.

Filming has begun in Bilbao, with Miguel Ángel Vivas, Manuel Carballo and Alejandro Bazzano directing. Fernando Sancristóbal, Pablo Roa and Verónica Marza are the writers.

Cecilia Suarez to Narrate Telemundo & The Story Lab’s New Podcast “Fort Hood,” Spotlighting the Case of Slain Army Soldier Vanessa Guillén

Cecilia Suarez is helping shine a light on the case of slain Army soldier Vanessa Guillén.

The 49-year-old Mexican actress and prominent activist will narrate Telemundo and The Story Lab’s new podcast Fort Hooda seven-part limited series that launched this week.

Cecilia Suarez,

The podcast, narrated in English and Spanish by  Suarez, takes a probing look at the 20-year-old’s April 2020 murder at the hands of fellow Fort Hood soldier Aaron David Robinson.

All episodes are about 30 minutes in length and are now available.

Guillen’s case drew nationwide attention, with her family, public officials, lawmakers and celebrities demanding #JusticeForVanessaGuillen.Vanessa Guillen

After disappearing from the base, Guillén’s remains were found two months later. Investigators say she was killed by Robinson, who later fatally shot himself as police tried to take him into custody.

Guillén’s family has raised allegations she was sexually harassed before she was killed.

In July, Robinson’s girlfriend Cecily Aguilar was indicted on 11 counts by a federal grand jury as an accessory for allegedly helping Robinson destroy and bury Guillén’s remains.

Fort Hood will also explore the role of the military in the investigation, which has been heavily criticized. It also delves into the case revealing a deeper, more complex story about a renowned U.S. military base with a long record of unreported sexual abuse, and highlights Guillén’s family, which refused to stay quiet as they pushed authorities for answers.

“This is a consequential story that touches on critical issues in our country,” Telemundo Network News president Luis Fernandez said. “It’s a revealing exposé and a necessary investigation. Noticias Telemundo, with The Story Lab, believe this important story deserved a deeper examination and this format allows us to do just that.”

Filmax Acquires World Sales Rights to Iglesias’ “Innocent Killers”

Maxi Iglesias may soon thrill global audiences…

Filmax, Spanish production-distribution-sales force has acquired world sales rights to Gonzalo Bendala’s Innocent Killers, starring the 23-year-old Spanish actor.

Maxi Iglesias

The Barcelona-based company will also distribute Iglesias’ latest film domestically in Spain.

Innocent Killers will have its world premiere at March’s Miami International Film Festival, playing in its Cinema 360º section.

Iglesias, Luis Fernandez and Aura Garrido star in the murder imbroglio from Seville-based production house Aralan, which marks the feature directorial debut of Bendala.

“A suspenser, echoing elements of [Alfred] Hitchcock,” in the words of Aralan CEO Marta Velasco, “Killers turns on a university student (Iglesias) who, in dire straits, suddenly receives an godsend offer of money – if he kills his psychology teacher (Miguel Angel Sola).

What makes the offer so singular is that it is his psychology teacher that makes him the offer.

“This is a suspense film, of situations, characters, intrigue, a genre-blender. Hitchcock, for example, was a master at this. The Sting, Catch Me If You Can, Match Point have been other sources of inspiration,” said Bendela.

Lauded for his shorts – Penumbra 3D, the Goya-nominated Spaghetti Western – Bendala wrote the Killers screenplay with fellow short-film scribe-helmer Jose Manuel Asensio .

Innocent Killers will open in Spain in the second-half 2015.

Iglesias to Star in Gonzalo Bendala’s Upcoming Spanish Thriller “Innocent Killers”

Maxi Iglesias has landed a killer role…

The 23-year-old actor, one of Spain’s rising sex symbols, has joined the cast of Gonzalo Bendala’s upcoming thriller Innocent Killers, alongside Aura Garrido and Luis Fernandez.

Maxi Iglesias

The suspense drama, produced by Aralan, is scheduled to shoot at the end of the month, with backing from pubcaster Television Espanola, the film institute ICAA and regional broadcaster Canal Sur.

Bendala’s directorial debut is Aralan’s follow-up to Patricia Ferreira’s The Wild Children, which won best film and best screenplay at 2012’s 15th Malaga Spanish Film Festival.

Iglesias and Fernandez have both become pop idols in their native land where their television characters on Los Protegidos propelled them to fame. More recently they have starred together in Sony‘s thriller XP3D.

Garrido is a rising star in Spain, following her film debut in Oriol Paulo’s The Body. Audiences can see her in theaters in Spain now in Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Stockholm.

“A suspenser, echoing elements of Hitchcock,” according to Aralan CEO Marta Velasco, “Killers tells of a university student (Iglesias) who receives an job offer to kill his psychology teacher (Miguel Sola).The twist is that the offer comes from the psychology teacher.”

Producers said the story is inspired by a series of strange and unsuccessful attempts on the life of New York’s Michael Malloy, an ex-firefighter and legendary alcoholic in the 1920 in New York.