Arenas plans doc on Mexican band

Valenzuela to helm; group's lyrics expose drug-running

MADRID — Arenas Entertainment is producing a docu feature on Mexican “corrido” musical band the Tucanes de Tijuana, adding to its projects aimed at Spanish-speaking auds worldwide

Arenas Entertainment, a production, co-financing and distribution company, is a joint venture between Universal Studios, Spanish investment group Marco Polo Investments and Latino marketing company the Arenas Group. It is headed by veteran Los Angeles Latino marketing specialist Santiago Pozo to move movies to tap Spanish-speaking auds in the U.S., Latin America and Spain.

The docu, by Tex-Mex helmer Jose Luis Valenzuela, turns on the Tucanes’ concerts: The band’s lyrics lift the lid on the drug-running industry.

Arenas Entertainment is teaming with Kirk D’Amico’s Myriad to co-produce the Christopher Hampton-directed romantic thriller “Imagining Argentina,” starring Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson.

It also holds U.S. and Spanish distrib rights to John Leguizamo’s Bronx-gangster drama “Empire.”

The Tucanas docu has shot one concert and will record other events in coming months.

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