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Starz Developing Mexican Organized Crime Drama from ‘Spartacus’ Alums

Project based on nonfiction book by a decorated U.S. Immigration Officer

Starz is developing “Gringo,” an hourlong drama from “Spartacus” vets Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing.

Project, inspired by nonfiction book “The Shadow Catcher,” centers on a Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent who infiltrates one of Mexico’s most deadly drug and human smuggling cartels.

The Helbing brothers have written “Gringo” and will exec produce alongside Steve Lee Jones of Bee Holder Prods.

“’Gringo’ provides a thrilling and uniquely personal look into international organized crime, never seen by the American public,  from the viewpoint of a federal undercover agent on the front lines,” said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz.  “We are excited to work with this team to develop ‘Gringo’ into what we think could make for incredibly compelling television.”

Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing’s TV credits include “Smallville” and “The Mob Doctor,” along with Starz’s “Spartacus” franchise. They are also supervising producers on Starz drama “Black Sailz,” which is slated to debut in January.

“The Shadow Catcher” was written by U.S. Immigration Officer Hipolito Acosta, who will consult on the project.

The Helbing brothers are represented by CAA. Acosta is represented by The B.G. Dilworth Agency, Inc and Amy Schiffman of Intellectual Property Group.

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