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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND TELEVISA UNVEIL SENORITA POLVORA AS FIRST CO-PRODUCTION


Teleseries, starring Camila Sodi, Iván Sánchez and José María de Tavira, to be presented at Univision Communications Inc.’s Upfront

Señorita Pólvora to Air Across Multiple Televisa Platforms in Mexico and on UniMas in the U.S.

MIAMI and MEXICO CITY — Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that its first co-production with Televisa will be “Señorita Pólvora,” a new original teleseries inspired by the real life story of a beauty queen whose alleged connections to the underworld and a romantic affair with an assassin ultimately led to her untimely demise. 

“Señorita Pólvora,” which will be produced in Mexico by SPT, will air across multiple Televisa platforms and on UniMás in the U.S. UniMás will be presenting the series at Univision Communications Inc.’s 2014 Upfront on Tuesday, May 13. “Señorita Pólvora” is also being sold across the rest of Latin America by SPT while Televisa will distribute across the east and south of Europe; SPT and Televisa will jointly distribute the series throughout the rest of the world.

“Señorita Pólvora” follows Valentina, a beautiful, well-to-do young women who falls for a hit man only to find out that her love, in addition to her own family, belongs to of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. Her explosive life and gradual descent into the world of crime is chronicled by a journalist who kindles a burning flame for the deadly beauty queen. The cast includes Camila Sodi (“Niñas Mal”) as Valentina, Ivan Sanchez (“La Reina Del Sur” and “La Tempestad”) as Miguel/M8, José María de Tavira (“Niño Santo” and “Arráncame la Vida”) as Vincente, and Saúl Lisazo (“El Rostro de la Venganza”) as Octavio. Daniel Ucros (“El Mariachi”) serves as executive producer.

“As a pioneer of the teleseries genre, we’ve made our mark by producing world-class series like ‘Señorita Pólvora,’ high-quality productions with fast-paced storytelling that places relatable characters into extraordinary situations. This is the perfect series to commence our co-production deal with Televisa and we are working closely with them to bring this edgy new series to life,” says Angelica Guerra, senior vice president and managing director, production, Latin America and U.S. Hispanic for SPT.

“‘Señorita Pólvora’ is the first of many series that we will produce with Sony Pictures Television. With this production pipeline, we are bringing new stories and content with different perspectives to the marketplace.  We are confident that these original series will captivate our audience from the very beginning,” said Antonio Alonso, director general, Planning and International, Televisa Productions.

“SPT and Televisa have pulled together a stellar cast, writers and producers to bring this story to life. Our ability to deliver programs such as ‘Señorita Pólvora’ explains why UniMás continues to expand its popularity with audiences in the U.S.,” said Alberto Ciurana, president, programming and content, Univision Communications Inc.

SPT, along with its production company Teleset, develops, adapts, produces and co-produces hundreds of hours of original Spanish-language programming a year for audiences across Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. The studio pioneered the teleseries genre and today boasts a robust portfolio of top-quality programming that includes successes like “Rosario Tijeras,” “La Prepago,” “El Mariachi,” “Metástasis” and “En la Boca del Lobo.”
 
UniMás, a Spanish-language broadcast network that is part of Univision Communications, brings a surprising and edgy perspective to Spanish-language television with dramatic series, sports and action movies.
 
ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms.  In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries and also maintains offices in 32 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 130 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households worldwide.  SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc.  SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as for the Rural Media Group, and DrOz.com.

ABOUT TELEVISA
Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world based on its market capitalization and a major participant in the international entertainment business. It operates four broadcast channels in Mexico City, produces and distributes 24 pay-TV brands for distribution in Mexico and the rest of the world, and exports its programs and formats to the U.S. through Univision Communications Inc. (“Univision”) and to other television networks in over 50 countries. Televisa is also an active participant in Mexico’s telecommunications industry. It has a majority interest in Sky, a leading direct-to-home satellite television system operating in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Central America and in four cable and telecommunications businesses: Cablevisión, Cablemás, TVI, and Bestel. Through its cable companies, Televisa offers video, voice, and broadband services. Televisa also has interests in magazine publishing and distribution, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and live entertainment, feature-film production and distribution, the operation of a horizontal Internet portal, and gaming. In addition, Televisa has a 50% equity stake in GSF Telecom Holdings, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (“GSF”), the controlling company of Grupo Iusacell, S.A. de C.V. (“Iusacell”), Mexico’s third largest mobile telecom provider in terms of subscribers. In the United States, Televisa has equity and debentures that, upon conversion and subject to any necessary approval from the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) in the United States, would represent approximately 38% on a fully diluted, as-converted basis of the equity capital in Broadcasting Media Partners, Inc. (“BMP”), the controlling company of Univision, the leading media company serving the United States Hispanic market.

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