Fox Entertainment’s MarVista Entertainment, a prolific producer and distributor of original films for traditional and streaming networks around the world, continues its expansion into Latin America, signing a major development and production deal with TelevisaUnivision.
Under the pact, MarVista, led by Founding Partner and CEO Fernando Szew, will produce ten original Spanish-language films featuring Latin American creative and on-screen talent in family, comedy, romance and holiday that will stream exclusively on ViX+, TelevisaUnivision’s streaming platform, slated to launch in the second half of the year. TelevisaUnivision will hold worldwide streaming distribution rights for all ten films under the agreement, and MarVista will oversee worldwide distribution outside of streaming and second windows for all platforms.
This is the first major production commitment to MarVista following the independent studio’s December acquisition by Fox Entertainment.
“It’s an incredible honor to be a founding creative production partner of TelevisaUnivision on the launch of ViX+,” said Szew. “MarVista and Fox Entertainment are very proud to be leaders in bringing diverse stories and premium content across multiple genres to all viewers. We look forward to bringing these top ten films to what will no doubt be a streamer. fast-growing and leader in the Spanish-speaking market.
Recent Spanish-language films produced by MarVista include Operation Feliz Navidad for HBO Max in Latin America; and El Robo del Siglo, which is currently airing on HBO Max in the United States and last year was named Best Ibero-American Film by the Brazil Cinema Grand Prix. The film also ranks among the top five films of all time in Szew’s native Argentina.
Recent versions of MarVista also include the Prime Video version Christmas is canceled with Hayley Orrantia, Dermot Mulroney and Janel Parrish; independent features To stay awake, with Chrissy Metz, which world premiered at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival; IFC Hunter Hunter, with Devon Sawa, Nick Stahl and Camille Sullivan; and GLAAD nominated Under the Christmas Tree, Lifetime’s LGBTQ+ movie starring Elise Bauman, Tattiawna Jones and Ricki Lake.
ViX, with access to TelevisaUnivision’s vast library of content and IP, focuses on Latin cultures and Spanish-speaking storytellers with 50,000 hours of free and paid premium content across all genres, including movies, comedy series, novels, drama series and children’s content, as well as news and live sports.