Univision announced today at the upfront presentation in New York of a new partnership with El Rey Network, the upcoming English-language cable network from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa’s FactoryMade. Univision is promising “fun, fast-paced entertainment” once El Rey launches in December via Comcast.
Univision also announced Va Por Ti, a new singing competition series for Sunday nights. Additionally, Univision will be showing the award show Premios TyNovelas that will cover Hispanic programming in both Mexico and the U.S. The show will air the same day in the States and Mexico.
Most of the rest of Univision’s upfront today of expanded sports programming and telenovelas was already known. In an upfront preemptive presentation, Univision announced last week that Spanish-language versions of Breaking Bad and Gossip Girl would be among the new shows coming to the network and UniMás, Univision’s second broadcast network, next season. While WBTV confirmed the Gossip Girl Acapulco deal, here was a bit of a dust-up withBreaking Bad producers Sony TV who said that it what networks it would go with or whether it would proceed with a Spanish-language adaptation at all. On Monday, that was all cleared up as Sony TV said they are moving forward with the Metastasis project, which the studio will co-produce with Teleset for Latin American audiences. It will air on UniMás next year.