Fox Intl. Prods. Inks Pact With Mexican Producer Cisneros (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox Intl. Prods., Eduardo Cisneros Ink

Fox Intl. Prods. has inked a two-picture pact with Mexican producer-scribe Eduardo Cisneros in a bid to further expand its commitment to Latin American and Mexican cinema.

“(Mexican filmmaking) presents the most exciting opportunity because of its crossover potential,” said FIP prexy Sanford Panitch.

Cisneros worked in close collaboration with helmer-thesp Eugenio Derbez to co-develop, produce and pen Spanish-language box office hit “Instructions Not Included,” a Pantelion Films/Lionsgate release that grossed a record-busting $44.5 million in the U.S.

Cisneros, who has been part of Derbez’s production team for more than a decade, has recently set up base in Los Angeles although he’ll be shuttling between Mexico and the U.S., as will Derbez.

While this is the first time that FIP has inked a deal with a Mexican scribe, it recently struck a five-pic deal with Mexican helmer Gaz Alazraki, whose directorial debut “Nosotros los Nobles” was a major box office hit in Mexico ($27 million), as well as “Miss Bala” helmer Gerardo Naranjo. Both Alazraki and Naranjo have also put down roots in the U.S. as have Mexican producers Pablo Cruz of Canana Films and Alex Garcia of AG Studios.

“It seems to be a new trend,” said Panitch of the growing influx of Mexican talent with the ability to straddle both Mexican and U.S. Hispanic cultures.

“We’re still in early conversations but we have a few ideas,” said Cisneros of his Fox deal. He doesn’t rule out the involvement of Derbez in some capacity, whether as a producer or thesp. “The ideal scenario would be to have Derbez involved.”

“We’d be thrilled to work with Derbez,” Panitch said. “He’s a triple threat: director, writer and star.”

Cisneros will be writing in either Spanish or English, depending on the project. He is continuing to develop projects with Derbez as well as collaborating with others on his project slate, including a Latino-themed feature with “Everybody Hates Chris” scribe Ali LeRoi.

Cisneros is repped by Carlos Bobadilla of Animo Entertainment and WME, which brokered the deal.

FIP’s other Latin American productions include Colombian thriller “The Hidden Face,” Chilean hit comedy “Stefan vs. Kramer” and the upcoming Argentine dramedy “Amapola,” and Mexican drama “Guten tag, Ramos,” which Fox plans to distribute in Mexico, the U.S. and Germany.

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  1. Bigger picture... Major movie says:

    Primero TV… I agree and apologize for the Hispanic term (as a generalized homogeneous way to refer to the diverse and vast cultures impacted with it ) … what I tried to say was/is that having people come and supply the media with a unique proposal for entertainment according to their own and particular backgrounds, expertise and culture (this is what I was referring about when I implied knowing the Hispanic audience it self… meaning from their particular counties or cultures) will enrich it! We will see more of each culture more of the diversity… I really hope so…

  2. primerotv says:

    I am part of the US Latino community, the American media industry, I work in Latino media and I was also born and raised in Mexico. I know the work and history of these producers and I also know PLENTY US based producers eager to work. We all know this is a business but please have some respect for our communities, a large portion of content targeting US Latinos is still being imported. I have no problem with these producers. but they are no experts in US Latino audiences as this individual suggest. And although the large majority here are from Mexican descent, it does not mean we will consume the same things. We are far from being HO-MO-GE-NE-OUS.

  3. Bigger picture ... Mayor movie says:

    The limitations that some individuals have are their peripheral view… the issue here is not whether there are producers in the States that know the Latino audiences… the issue here is that there are others, like Alasraki, Najera or Cisneros, that not only know the US Hispanic audience but the Hispanic audience it self regardless of where they come or live… you see, the impact of these people will go further any border! Congrats for this expansion of view Fox Intl. Prods.!

  4. Gabriel says:

    I don’t see the need of importing producers/directors from Mexico. There are lots of US Latino producers that REALLY know US Hispanic audiences.

    This is the result of Anglo media investors not recognizing the assimilation of our communities assuming we are all still the same. What does Alasraki, Najera o Cisneros know about the Perurian/Puerto Rican family living in Cherry Hill NJ? or the the second generation Mexican family from Tacoma Washington?

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