StarzPlay Unveils International Original Series Slate


StarzPlay has revealed its first slate of international original series, including four local-language productions originating in Spain and Mexico.

Set to be produced in Spain in collaboration with Bambu Producciones and La Claqueta PC is Nacho Vidal, an Industry XXXL, an exploration inside the lucrative “other film industry” in Spain through the life of legendary Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal. Express, meanwhile, is a crime thriller about express kidnapping produced by The Mediapro Studio from writer Ivan Escobar, who will serve as showrunner.

The tentatively titled Señorita Mexico is a period drama set in the dark glamour of 1980s Mexico that follows the contestants training for the country’s Miss Mexico pageant as they vie not only to win but also to make it out to the final contest alive. The series will be helmed by showrunner Lucia Puenzo and co-produced by Fremantle and Fabula, with Fremantle handling global distribution. Toda La Sangre is a Spanish-language crime thriller based on a series of crime novels written by best-selling Mexican author Bernardo Esquinca. It tells the story of crime journalist Casasola, who is determined to solve every crime that haunts Mexico City but runs into a series of murders that resemble Aztec sacrifices and defy the laws of nature. The series is co-produced in partnership with the Spanish-language streaming service Pantaya and executive producer Zasha Robles from Spiral International, a subsidiary of Etcetera Group. It is also co-produced by Fremantle Mexico and distributed by Fremantle.

StarzPlay will make these titles available across the service’s footprint in Latin America, with a plan to debut select titles in Spain and in the U.S. on Starz and Pantaya.

Superna Kalle, executive VP of international digital networks at Starz, said: “As Starz continues to expand its global presence through the Starzplay platform and international direct-to-consumer app, creating international originals through co-production opportunities is the next step in curating our offering for our subscriber base. Through our innovative producing partnerships and cooperation with our sister company Pantaya, we have the opportunity to create unique and defining series that will resonate with Spanish-language audiences worldwide.”