Mondragon, Rodriguez team for prod'n deals
Mexican talent manager Jorge Mondragon, who handled Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, has teamed up with film and TV commercials producer Avelino Rodriguez to form two companies in Mexico.
Their fledgling TV production company MMC has inked a co-production deal with Fox Latin American Channels, where it has four projects in production.
Its first, “Naco TV,” is a male-targeted reality skein. Two episodes have aired on FX Latin America with rebroadcasts on Canal Fox, Latin America.
Reality show centers on the exploits of Jose Maria Yazpik, DJ El Gran Karim and Mexican band Molotov’s rapper-guitarist Tito Fuentes in Germany while making a soccer-related TV show, “Contragolpe.”
“Naco TV” will produce seven weekly episodes from Germany and expand to a 13-episode season after the World Cup tourney wraps there, Rodriguez said.
Partners have teamed up with filmmakers Gary Alazraki, Marco Polo Condstanse and Tony Dalton to form Peliculas Bombon to create low-budget pics targeted at the underserved youth market in Mexico and possibly beyond.
Twenty-year vet Mondragon plans to tap the music talent he manages for the films’ soundtracks. His client roster includes Mexico’s biggest rock and hip hop band Molotov. Thesp clients include Ana de la Reguera (“Nacho Libre”), Ana Claudia Talancon (“The Crime of Father Amaro”) and Flora Martinez (“Rosario Tijeras”).
Company plans to present its slate by October.
Aside from teen projects, Peliculas Bombon will produce adult-skewed “Soldado Perez,” by Jose Alberto Gomez and “Aventurera,” a remake of the 1949 pic with Benjamin Caan attached to direct.