A deal announced today has a well-known comedian on the verge of becoming an even bigger media presence than he already is. The comedian is George Lopez, who inked an overall film and TV deal with Pantelion Films and South Shore, two entities that are part of a partnership between Lionsgate and Televisa.
"The first Lopez TV projects for U.S. networks from South Shore, a TV studio venture between Televisa’s U.S. studio division, Televisa USA, and Lionsgate, include several comedies and an action drama in development with Stan Lee," the companies said in announcing the deal. "Lopez, who is represented by CAA/3 Arts, is also starring in ‘Saint George,’ from Lionsgate Television and Lionsgate’s television distribution company, Debmar-Mercury, using the company’s pioneering 10+90 model. The half-hour sitcom is currently in production and will premiere on FX in early 2014."
Another key element of the deal is "La Vida Robot," an English-language feature film starring and produced by Lopez with principal photography set to begin later this month in New Mexico. "The film is based on a true David & Goliath story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who form a robotics team," the announcement says. "With 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, they build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition, taking down reigning champion MIT."
The movie will be directed by Sean McNamara of "Soul Surfer."
In the announcement, Pantelion Films CEO and Televisa USA Managing Director Paul Presburger said: “We’re thrilled to be in the George Lopez business. George is a comic superstar and brand name in the Latino community, and he reflects the kind of A-list Latino film and TV talent we’re recruiting for our Pantelion and South Shore partnerships."