“Trapped on a Telenovela” centers on Sarah Forlenza, a Puerto Rican-Italian actress from Brooklyn who has lands a role on a telenovela after struggling to find work. The hitch is that she doesn’t speak any Spanish.
Sutphen (pictured), host of Nickelodeon’s “BrainFreeze” and ABC’s “101 Ways to Leave a Game show,” co-created the series with Stacy Asencio-Sutphen. Gina Rugolo (“Just Shoot Me”), Guy Ecker of Amistad Prods. and Estela Sainz have signed on, as well as Bob Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment, which set a development partnership with Cisneros earlier this year to focus on Hispanic-themed projects for U.S. and Latin American markets.
“It’s hard to ignore the ratings that telenovelas achieve in the U.
An award-winning actress,writer,producer, TV personality and trailblazing figure, Melendez is best known for creating Galavision’s #1 entertainment show in 2000, “Kiki Desde Hollywood”, and Showtime Network’s hit show, “Hot Tamales Live!”in2008, the longest running all-female comedy show, now available on Hulu.
Her debut feature is an inspirational film for audiences of all races,genders,and backgrounds. It centers on Melendez’ life growing up in a developing country, being raised by a single immigrant mother, and her career in Hollywood pursuing the American Dream. Never forgetting her humble beginnings, Melendez’ journey is thought-provoking, inspiring audiences to discover the difference between fame and fulfillment.
Thanks to initial enthusiastic reception during test screenings, AMC’s independent program added the 88-minute version to its slate. "Journey of A Female Comic fits perfectly within our AMC Independent programming initiative, which opens our screens to movies that resonate with our diverse audiences,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Vice President of Alternative Content at AMC. “Kiki Melendez’ story is honest and entertaining, and will connect with many of our guests
“I am so grateful to AMC Independent for the opportunity to share my story. My hope in making this film, is to encourage and inspire women to take their dreams into their own hands”, says Melendez.
The feature began as an experimental short film,which premiered at the Dr Global International Film Festival. It also opened at Miami's Hispanicize Film Showcase and The Broadway International Film Festival in 2012, where it represented the U.S. and won “Best Documentary”.
The documentary also features other prominent Latino figures in Hollywood, including interviews with Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Esai Morales, Nadine Velazquez,the late Lupe Ontiveros, Maria Conchita Alonso and Guy Ecker. Melendez also has lively conversations with international stars including Aaron Spelling, Usher, Sofía Vergara, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Shakira and Marc Anthony.
Journey of A Female Comic was produced by Latin Hollywood Films in association with Lions Kill Productions. It is produced and directed by Erick M. Crespo and Kiki Melendez, written by Lyn McCullough and Kiki Melendez. Executive Producers are David Albert Pierce, Mark Ford, Paul Lawrence, Gloria Ortiz, Vickie Leyva and Mike Levy.
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At Univision Communications' upfront event in midtown Manhattan on Thursday afternoon, the Spanish-language media giant will unveil more than 20 new programs across its TV networks and online, including new product from longtime partner Televisa in Mexico.
The very first Univision Studios production is "Eva Luna" on the Univision network, which is made in collaboration with Venevision. The love/suspense series centers on advertising executive Eva Gonzalez, who finds the love of her life and is then led to believe that he murdered her father. Set in Southern California, it stars Guy Ecker and Blanca Soto.
Sunday primetime will see Univision focus on reality shows. It will launch
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