ViX streamer expands originals with comedy & cooking shows

US-based TelevisaUnivision-owned Spanish-language streamer ViX is expanding its originals offering, with orders for seven new original titles, across scripted comedy, unscripted cookin, an animated series from Sofia Vergara and a feature-length drama exec produced by Benicio Del Toro.

La Banda (aka The Band, working title) is a comedy thriller series from Dynamo, following factory owner Don Víctor, who confides in a worker his intentions to make him the boss and leave him the company as an inheritance along with the rest of his colleagues. However, the situation is complicated when Don Victor suddenly dies and Andy, his only son, reappears and claims the inheritance.

Miguel Rodarte, Paulina Gaitán, Fernando Bonilla star, while Federico Veiroj and Salvador Espinosa direc, with Gabriel Nuncio serving as showrunner.

Consuelo (working title) is a comedy drama, produced by the Mediapro Studio and directed by Kenya Márquez, set in Mexico City in the 1950s. The show follows a woman from Mexican high society who, after being abandoned by her husband, must manage to survive while taking control of her destiny, including the sale of sex toys. Cassandra Sánchez Navarro and Erick Chapa.

El Guardespaldas (aka The Bodyguard, working title) is a comedy hailing from Campanario Entertainment, which struck a production partnership with Addiction House earlier this week.

Directed by Miguel Necoechea Chavez and Poncho Pineda, Jaime Muñoz Baena serves as showrunner on the series which follows Julian, a criminal who must pose as the physical education teacher at the exclusive school of his boss’s rebellious daughter to find evidence against him. Memo Villegas and Diana Carreiro star.

Diverse appeal

Also headed to ViX is Koati: Amimated Series, from Upstairs Animation Miami and produced by Sofia Vergara. Created by Anabella Sosa-Dovarganes and Melissa Escobar, the children’s animated series celebrates the diversity and beauty of the natural environment and culture, through Latino stories.

On the unscripted side is cooking series Qué Chica Es El Mundo (aka How Girly The World Is, working title), which follows renowned chef Lorena García as she takes viewers on a personal journey through some of the cuisines of Mexico and Peru.

Produced by O’Malley Productions and Fluent Media Group, Sabor De América (America’s Flavour, working title), meanwhile, is hosted by Chef Jesús Diaz, who hits the road to find the new flavor of Latin cuisine and how food is connecting cultures and communities across the United States.

Film Matar Al Jockey (aka Kill The Jockey) tells the story of Remo Manfredini, a legend in the world of turf racing, but his self-destructive behavior overshadows his great talent. However, one day, an accident transforms him into a very different person.

Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Úrsula Corberó and Daniel Giménez Cacho star, while Benicio del Toro, Nando Vila, Delfina Montecchia, Federico Frágola and Martín Fisner exec produce.

“With these seven new productions we continue to increase our original content offerings on ViX, with stories that appeal to the diverse tastes of our audiences,” said Rodrigo Mazón, chief content officer ViX for TelevisaUnivision.

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