ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA & MAJOR TV ADAPTING CHRIS PEREZ’S TO SELENA WITH LOVE FOR TELEVISION
Studios Developing Series For Both English and Spanish Audiences Based On Best-Selling Book About Latin Superstar’s Love Story
Endemol Shine North America and Major TV have optioned the television rights to Chris Perez’s To Selena With Love, the best-selling book that tells the late Latin music superstar’s love story through the eyes of her husband.
Endemol Shine and Major TV are adapting To Selena With Love for both English and Spanish TV audiences with Blue Mariachi, Perez and Carlito Miranda’s production company. Endemol Shine, Major TV and Blue Mariachi are also developing additional culturally-driven scripted and non-scripted content together.
In To Selena With Love, which was first published in 2012 (English and Spanish), Perez recounts for the first time his compelling, forbidden and ultimately tragic love story with one of the most revered Latin music stars, Selena Quintanilla. The TV series will also include details, stories, perspective and insights which were not covered in the book from Perez’s perspective.
Major TV is led by Raymond Garcia, formerly publisher and founder of Celebra at Penguin Random House, where he published numerous best-sellers with top authors such as Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Perez, author of To Selena With Love.
“I spent several years keeping the memories of my late wife bottled up inside,” says Perez. “To Selena with Love allowed me to finally embrace my experience and understand the void it could fill in the hearts of so many others. I am now ready to take the important step of being fully transparent and bringing my everlasting relationship to life on the screen.”
“Selena is one of the most influential Latin artists of all time and her legacy continues to live on long after her tragic death,” says Endemol Shine North America CEO and Endemol Shine Americas Chairman Cris Abrego. “Chris Perez’s beautiful book To Selena With Love captured their amazing life together and will make for the perfect foundation for a TV series that our team is currently developing for both English and Spanish audiences worldwide.”
Added Major TV’s Garcia, “I could not be more honored and humbled to launch Major TV with Endemol Shine and the captivating love story of the legendary Selena Quintanilla and Chris Perez. Having published To Selena with Love, I witnessed legions of fans moved to tears with a rare glimpse into the heart and soul of their eternal icon. I am very proud of Chris for sharing his deeply personal relationship for the first time on television.”
Grammy Award-winner Selena Quintanilla is one of the most influential Latin artists of all time, having sold 60 million albums world wide. The Texas-born singer made her recording debut in the ’80s, going on to become an award-winning recording artist in the Latin music scene with albums like Amor Prohibido and Selena Live. In 1995, she was tragically murdered by the founder of her fan club. Her last album, Dreaming of You, was released posthumously in 1995 and became a huge hit. Selena’s life story was the subject of a 1997 film, Selena, which starred Jennifer Lopez in her career-propelling role as the Tejano superstar and James Edward Olmos as her father.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUEEN LATIFAH AND SNOOP DOGG TO HOST
“PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION”
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, ON FOX
Mr. Worldwide is Back to Ring in the New Year on FOX!
Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah, from the new FOX series STAR, and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will host PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION airing Saturday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live CT/MT/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. The special returns for the third annual New Year’s party, broadcast live from Miami’s Bayfront Park, with the breathtaking skyline and waterfront views as a backdrop to the celebration. Pitbull will start the year off right with epic surprises and this year’s biggest names in music to ring in 2017 Miami-style. Performers to be announced.
Last year, Mr. 305 was joined by an incredible lineup, including music legends Puff Daddy and the Family, EMPIRE superstars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, hit artists Shawn Mendes, Pia Mia, Camila Cabello and so many more.
PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION, a presentation of Endemol Shine North America and Honey I’m Home, is produced by John Hamlin, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Rob Smith, David Ortiz, Pitbull and Queen Latifah. “Like” Pitbull at facebook.com/pitbull and follow him on Twitter @pitbull. “Like” Queen Latifah at facebook.com/QueenLatifah and follow her on Twitter @IAMQUEENLATIFAH. “Like” Snoop Dogg at facebook.com/snoopdogg and follow him on Twitter @SnoopDogg. “Like” PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION at facebook.com/PitbullNYE and follow the special on Twitter @PitbullNYE.
About Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull)
From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, rose from the streets of Miami to exemplify the American Dream and achieve international success. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a Grammy®-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur. Along the way, he’s has been the subject and host of prestigious cable and network specials. His music has appeared in “Men In Black III” and “The Penguins of Madagascar,” and he even had a starring voiceover role in the animated 3D movie “Epic.” Landing No. 1 hits in over 15 countries, nine billion YouTube/VEVO views, 70 million single sales and six million album sales, Pitbull does not stop. His social networking channels include 59 million Facebook followers (@Pitbull), 22 million Twitter followers (@Pitbull) and 4 million Instagram followers (@Pitbull), plus more than eight million YouTube subscribers (PitbullVEVO and PitbullMusic).
Making global music, Pitbull flaunts a style that’s indisputably his own. Releasing his full-length debut, “M.I.A.M.I” in 2004, followed by the success of 2006’s “El Mariel” and 2007’s “The Boatlift.” In tribute to his father, he delivered his first Spanish-language album, “Armando,” in 2010. He grinded it out on the road and touched down everywhere from the Far East and South America to Europe and all across the U.S. His success continued as he went on to release additional chart-topping platinum hits, including “Timber” [featuring Ke$ha], “Fireball” [featuring John Ryan] and more. Pitbull will release his tenth full-length album, “Climate Change,” after wrapping his second headlining arena run – “The Bad Man Tour,” named after the “Climate Change” hit single – and performed on the 2016 Grammy Awards. On “Freedom,” he sums everything up: “Went from a poor kid to a well-known all-around-the-globe world-class citizen, man I paid all my dues and earned my stripes took all the wrong in my life and I made it right.” That’s the dream, and Pitbull’s showing everybody it’s possible. Dale!
About Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah is a musician, television and film actress, author, entrepreneur and producer. Most recently, she was featured as “The Wiz” in the network production of “The Wiz Live!” Earlier this year, she starred as blues legend Bessie Smith in the Emmy Award-winning made-for-cable movie “Bessie,” on which she also served as an executive producer. In 2007, she starred in and executive-produced the cable movie “Life Support,” for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television. In 2002, she starred in the Academy Award-winning musical “Chicago,” for which she also was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Additional feature credits include “Hairspray,” “Mad Money,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Just Wright,” “The Dilemma,” ”Joyful Noise,” “Last Holiday,” “Beauty Shop” and the No. 1 comedy “Bringing Down the House.” Additionally, Latifah was the voice of the wooly mammoth “Ellie” in “Ice Age 2” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” She also is featured in the upcoming FOX drama STAR.
Along with her business partner, Shakim Compere, Latifah owns the production company Flavor Unit Entertainment, which has produced such films as “Bringing Down the House,” “Beauty Shop” and “The Perfect Holiday.” She was the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
About Snoop Dogg
Multi-platinum artist, actor and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of popular culture with award-winning albums and songs, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts and digital ventures. Snoop Dogg has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, and has reigned for more than two decades as an unparalleled musical force who has helped define hip-hop. Currently, as a trendsetter of pop culture, Snoop’s ventures include multiple music/film/TV deals and his WestFestTV YouTube channel, where his wildly popular GGN News series appears weekly.
About Endemol Shine North America
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and now across all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as “Big Brother” (CBS), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Ink Master” (Spike), “Kingdom” (AT&T Audience Network), MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), “The Almost Impossible Game Show” (MTV), “Swamp People” (History), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “Steve Harvey” (NBCU), “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1), “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” (CMT) and “Billion Dollar Buyer” (CNBC), as well as upcoming “Page Six TV” (Syndicated) “Hunted” (CBS), SUPERHUMAN (FOX), and “I’m Dying Up Here” (Showtime).
NETFLIX NOW AVAILABLE ON COMCAST’S XFINITY
Comcast users who also have a Netflix subscription will be able to watch all content available through both services in one place
Comcast announced that Netflix will be available through its cable box, the X1 Platform, to all of its customers across the country starting next week. Comcast’s Xfinity users, who are also Netflix subscribers, will be able to easily browse and access the extensive online collection of the streaming service alongside the live, on demand, DVR, and web programming included with their Xfinity TV subscription.
“We are excited to add Netflix to X1 and give our customers access to all the content they love in a way that has never been done before,” said Neil Smit, the Chief Executive Officer at Comcast Cable. “Netflix has been a terrific partner, and our incredible teams of engineers and designers have come together to create an experience that is not only seamless and intuitive, but also lets viewers search and watch tens of thousands of movies, shows, specials and documentaries with the sound of their voice.”
Netflix content will be fully integrated into Xfinity On Demand, enabling X1 customers to watch past and current seasons of shows like The Blacklist, El Señor de los Cielos and The Walking Dead; explore popular Netflix original series like Narcos, House of Cards, and Stranger Things; or catch up on recent classics like Breaking Bad, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso, and Mad Men, all in one place.
“The Netflix integration into the X1 platform means our mutual customers will no longer need to change inputs or juggle remotes,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Now they can seamlessly move between the Netflix app and their cable service, enjoying all the TV shows and movies they love without hassle.”
By combining the TV libraries of Netflix and Xfinity On Demand, X1 customers can:
- Launch the Netflix app by simply saying “Netflix” into the X1 voice remote.
- Browse Netflix content alongside other On Demand movies and shows
- Search for an actor like “Gael Garcia Bernal” or “Kevin Spacey” and see all the related titles across Xfinity and Netflix.
- Start watching from the beginning long-running shows like The Walking Dead or Señora Acero – prior seasons on Netflix and the current season on Xfinity On Demand – all in one place.
Current Netflix customers will have to sign-in to their account through the X1 platform only the first time of use, while those who don’t have a membership to the streaming service can subscribe using the same platform, choose to have it added to their Comcast bill, and begin to immediately explore and enjoy Netflix on the X1 and across other devices.
THE WALKING DEAD is finally back with a new season…and what an explosive premiere episode. With the show being back – so is our recap show. The crew and I are going to review every episode – – just like the past ones!
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Amy and I are back Gothamites! Tonight we reviewed Monday’s Gotham episode “Anything for You” and BOY…was it a good one! If you haven’t started Gotham yet – make time. (lol) Thanks for all the social media love!!
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