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Lionsgate Pacts with Eugenio Derbez for TV Projects


Lionsgate has inked a deal with Eugenio Derbez and producing partner Benjamin Odell’s 3Pas Studios to develop TV series.

3Pas will produce English- and Spanish-language series for the company’s television group as well as Lionsgate streaming platforms such as the recently launched premium OTT service Pantaya.

The partnership extends Lionsgate’s longstanding relationship with 3Pas, which already includes a first-look feature-film deal with the company’s Pantelion Films label. In addition to the new Overboard movie, which last weekend achieved the highest opening of any Pantelion title, Derbez has starred in and produced Pantelion’s blockbuster Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S., and last year’s hit How to Be a Latin Lover.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with the incomparable comedic genius Eugenio Derbez and his 3Pas Studios into the television business,” said Lionsgate’s executive VP and head of worldwide scripted television, Chris Selak. “This multifaceted partnership is another example of working collaboratively across our divisions to identify premier brand-name talent like Eugenio and Ben. We can’t wait to see the exciting new projects they’ll bring to our television slate.”

“We’re delighted to launch this new phase of our relationship with Lionsgate, a major Hollywood studio that embraces the creative vision of its artists and is committed to super-serve underserved audiences, including the growing acculturated Latinx market,” said Derbez and Odell. “It’s great working with Paul and his team at Pantelion, and we look forward to expanding that collaboration in order to supply Lionsgate’s television business and streaming services with exciting, premium quality content for a diverse spectrum of audiences.”

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