NEW BOUNDARY-BREAKING ORIGINAL SERIES "EL CHAPO" TO PREMIERE ON UNIVISION NETWORK IN APRIL 2017
'El Chapo' Marks First Co-Production Between Univision Story House and Netflix
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26, 2017 - Univision Story House, the development and production arm of Univision Communications Inc (UCI), today announced that its boundary-breaking drama series "El Chapo," based on the life story of one of the world's most notorious criminals, will premiere on Univision Network in April 2017. The series marks the first co-production between Univision Story House and Netflix.
The announcement comes just days following the extradition of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán to the U.S. where the renowned Mexican drug kingpin faces a sweeping 17-count indictment in connection with his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican crime syndicate.
Guzman, who has been accused by law enforcement of running the "largest drug trafficking organization in the world," has long evaded authorities. After being captured by Mexican authorities in February 2014, Guzman escaped from a maximum security Mexican prison in July 2015 by crawling through an opening in the shower of his cell block that led to a mile-long tunnel to freedom. He was recaptured nearly six months later. Guzman's extradition to the U.S. came one day before the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
"This series pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating criminals of our time by combining the world-class reporting and insights from Univision News' investigative team with an outstanding team of talented storytellers and producers," said Camila Jiménez Villa, who oversees Univision Story House in her role as President and Chief Content Officer of Fusion Media Group. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix to share this boundary-breaking new series with a global audience."
ABOUT UNIVISION STORY HOUSE
Univision Story House builds on Univision's award-winning storytelling abilities by bringing to life stories and characters that are revealing, authentic and reflect the cultural diversity of America. The content development and production unit produces premium scripted and non-scripted programming in English and Spanish for Univision's portfolio of owned networks as well as third party networks and platforms. Univision Story House utilizes its access to the news archives and award-winning journalists of Univision News to create programming that both informs and entertains. Launched by Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) in 2016, Univision Story House is a part of the Company's Fusion Media Group.
ABOUT UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS INC.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the leading networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 92% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 86% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, Fusion, a 24-hour English-language news and lifestyle TV and digital network, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns 59 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; digital properties consisting of online and mobile websites and apps, including Univision.com, the most visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics, Univision Now, a direct to consumer video service, Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content, The Root, the leading online news, opinion, and culture destination for African-Americans and a stake in The Onion, the nation's leading comedy and news satire brand; and Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group in the U.S. which owns and operates 67 radio stations including stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. UCI's assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language general entertainment cable network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit corporate.univision.com.