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El Rey Network, Mark Burnett Announce Production of ‘Lucha Underground’

El Rey Network is putting its spin on lucha wrestling with “Lucha Underground,” an original unscripted series from Mark Burnett’s One Three Media.

The hour-long weekly series will feature five Luchadores: Blue Demon Jr, Sexy Star, Fenix, Drago and Pentagon Jr. Currently, Lucha Libre’s freestyle wrestling draws over 85% of Mexican television viewers, and “Lucha Underground” expects to bring drama, excitement and action to the U.S. as masked heroes and villains battle in the ring for wrestling supremacy.

“Not since ‘The Contender’ premiered has a new series combined this level of drama and athletic competition,” said Burnett, who will executive produce the series. “Our Luchadores are fantastic, the action will be intense – and this season is just the beginning.”

El Rey Network’s vice Chair Scott Sassa added, “The ‘Lucha Underground’ franchise is perfect for El Rey Network.  It features good versus evil, intense action, humor, drama, great characters and most important great stories from two of the best storytellers in the business- Mark Burnett and Robert Rodriguez.  It’s the perfect time and they are the perfect team to bring lucha to America.”

“Lucha Undeground” is produced by One Three Media in association with FactoryMade Ventures for El Rey Network, with Burnett set to executive produce along with Eric Van Wagenen and Brian Edwards, as well as Dorian Roldán from Lucha Libre AAA, Alejandro Garcia and Antonio Cué Sánchez-Navarro, Robert Rodriguez, co-founder of the net, and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.

The series will be distributed internationally by One Three Media.

Production on the series will begin Sept. 6 in front of a live audience in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, with the debut set for October 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

 

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