Robert Rodriguez

Ex-Machinima, Bunim/Murray exec to lead El Rey

Robert Rodriguez’s cable channel El Rey Network has named ex-Machinima chief content officer Daniel Tibbets as its new president and general manager. Filmmaker Rodriguez, El Rey’s chairman and co-founder, made the announcement yesterday, as the three-year-old network attempts to reach “the most diverse audience in the history of media”. “Daniel is an innovator. He isn’t […]

El Rey dismisses Matador

Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network has cancelled its sports-spy thriller drama Matador despite having previously handed it a second season. The show, one of US Hispanic cable net El Rey’s first original scripted series, follows Gabriel Luna as a DEA agent who goes undercover as a professional soccer player. The first 13-episode season launched in […]

Sony’s El Mariachi hits the Middle East

Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC has acquired Sony Pictures Televison’s El Mariachi, the Latin drama based on the Robert Rodriguez movie of the same name. The pan-regional free-to-air broadcaster will show the 71-part drama on its MBC Action channel next year. El Mariachi is produced by SPT-backed Colombian prodco Teleset, which also makes the Spanish language […]

El Rey buys Miami Vice

Robert Rodriguez-helmed cable channel El Rey Network has acquired rights to the Miami Vice TV series, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this fall. The deal, scored with NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, is for 111 episodes, which will begin rolling out from January 2015. Terms of the agreement were not released, though the rights […]

TBI Interview: Robert Rodriguez on TV

Movie writer, producer and director Robert Rodriguez is the latest big-screen name to make a move into TV. Characteristically, he has done it in a big way, launching his own cable network El Rey in association with US Hispanic broadcaster Univision. Making TV shows was not an ambition that Rodriguez held. “I was not interested […]

Netflix buys international Dusk Till Dawn series rights

Streaming service Netflix has acquired international rights to the much-anticipated From Dusk Till Dawn TV series. The show will bow on the fledgling El Rey cable network in the US. El Rey is backed by iconic movie producer Robert Rodriguez who made the From Dusk Till Dawn feature and is also behind the upcoming series […]

Rodriguez’s El Rey buys Kung Fu content from Celestial

EL Rey, the new US cable net launched by movie producer Robert Rodriguez, has acquired a raft of martial arts titles from Celestial Pictures. The fledgling cable channel has already sealed deals for Mexican wrestling and will also have From Dusk Til Dawn, a full-length series based on the Rodriguez movie. The Celestial deal gives […]

Robert Rodriguez cable net partners with Mark Burnett

Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling cable network El Rey has ordered a raft of new, original content and is partnering with Mark Burnett on a new sports division. The English-language cable net has ordered Matador (WT), a 13x1hr drama about the rise of playboy soccer star come CIA agent Antonio ‘Matador’ Bravo. It will be produced by […]

Miramax and Weinstein pact, develop Good Will Hunting series

Miramax and The Weinstein Company have inked a wide-ranging agreement for the development, production and distribution of new TV projects and movies. The multiyear deal will include the development of Miramax movie Good Will Hunting as a TV series. TWC will sell it in the US and Miramax internationally. The same model will apply to […]

Miramax grabs sales rights to From Dusk Till Dawn adaptation

US studio Miramax has acquired international sales rights to the serialised TV remake of director Robert Rodriguez’s cult feature film From Dusk Till Dawn. The 10-part supernatural-themed series yesterday went into production in Texas ahead of a debut on Rodriguez’s cable channel, El Rey Network, which is set for launch in the US next month. […]