Zoe Saldana, Lionsgate Partner for Latino Outreach

Zoe Saldana Latino Outreach - P 2013

By Lesley Goldberg (The Hollywood Reporter)

Lionsgate is investing further in the Hispanic market. The studio, via its joint venture Pantelion, has inked Zoe and Cisely Saldana‘s production banner Saldana Productions (ICM, Morris Yorn) to a first-look deal, which includes a television and film component.

Under the pact, the Star Trek actress and her producer sister (U.S.-born to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother) will develop content for Hispanic audiences, and Lionsgate will hire an executive to oversee the company. The move is the latest Lionsgate push to attract the Hispanic population, currently at 50 million and poised to grow four times faster than the rest of the U.S.

The studio formed Pantelion Films, the first major Latino-focused Hollywood studio, with Mexico’s Grupo Televisa in 2010, and in January 2012 teamed with Televisa to create English-language TV fare with Latina flair.

Before that partnership, Lionsgate released the features Ladronand La Mujer de Mi Hermano in accordance with CEO JonFeltheimer‘s priority to reach the Hispanic demo, which has helped parlay big-screen entries such asThe Expendables and The Last Exorcism into its biggest hits.

Says Zoe: “We look forward to a fruitful and productive relationship with Pantelion.”


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