Selena Gomez Signs Deal With Univision To Produce 'Mi Vecino, El Cartel'

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IN PHOTO U.S. actress and singer Selena Gomez arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2015 celebrating the opening of "China: Through the Looking Glass," in Manhattan, New York May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Selena Gomez is set to produce her first true crime docuseries for Univision's upcoming streaming service. The singer and her production company, July Moon Productions, inked a deal with the Spanish television network to produce “Mi Vecino, El Cartel” (“The Cartel Among Us”), marking her first producer role for a Spanish-language series.

The series will air on Univision’s subscription streaming service and will follow the murder of Juan Guerrero Chapa, a former cartel lawyer and high-level cooperator for the U.S. government. The case of Chapa “rocked a quiet suburban town in Texas and launched a multilayer international investigation,” Univision said in a press release.

Gomez also released a statement following the deal, stating that the case piqued her interest as a fan of crime stories. “As a true crime fan, I was immediately captivated when I heard the story surrounding the homicide of Juan Guerrero Chapa,” she said.

“Not only did it take place close to my hometown in Texas, but it was also a story unlike anything I’ve ever heard. I am excited to partner with Univision and really pull back the layers of his double life,” she continued. Blackfin will join her as a producer of the upcoming series.

Rodrigo Mazon, executive vice president and GM of SVOD at Univision, said he hopes the deal is only the beginning of Univision’s relationship with Gomez, who was also the producer of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.”

“We certainly hope to do more with her,” said Mazon In a statement. “Selena Gomez is obviously a superstar — there’s probably nobody bigger — and she also cares a lot about elevating Latinx voices and storytelling. So, the match was perfect. It is a pretty gripping and thrilling and crazy story, so we felt that it would be extremely interesting to everyone in the Spanish-speaking world and around the world to hear about it.”

The deal comes amid Univision’s plan to introduce a global subscription service in 2022, following its merger with Mexican media giant Televisa. 


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