×

Telemundo Seals U.S. Deal for Escobar Doc; Drug Lord’s Son Promises New Revelations (EXCLUSIVE)

Telemundo has snagged U.S. broadcast rights to upcoming documentary “Escobar’s World,” which will feature new footage of the late Colombian drug kingpin. Escobar’s son features heavily in the two-parter and has told Variety it will have new and revealing information about the life and death of his father and his alleged links to U.S. government agencies.

The History channel in Latin America has also pre-bought the documentary.

Juan Pablo Escobar, since renamed Sebastian Marroquin, previously appeared in 2010’s “Sins of My Father,” which was about his attempts to meet some of the victims of his father’s bloody campaign against the authorities. The new film is an attempt to shed new light on his father’s life using recently unearthed archives and fresh interviews, Marroquin said.

“There is a lot out there about my father, but a lot of it isn’t true,” he said. “I have spoken to people who were close to him; I have the information. When I was in ‘Sins of My Father,’ I was afraid about what I would say, but I’m not afraid anymore to tell the real story. Everyone thinks they know a lot about my father, but no one really knows about his relationship with the CIA and DEA. No one really knows how he died.”

Marroquin worked with Montreal-based Trio Orange Productions, which is making the documentary. The series is still in production and will be delivered in September. Beyond Distribution is selling it internationally and closed the pre-sales in the U.S. and Latin America.

“We are proud to partner with Beyond Distribution on this biopic about one of the most complex villains of our time,” said Luis Silberwasser, president of Telemundo and Universo Networks. “At Telemundo, we pride ourselves in finding the best untold stories for the U.S. Hispanic market.”

“People think they know everything from watching ‘Narcos’ on Netflix, but this documentary will highlight some harsh truths that have never been revealed until now,” said Beyond Distribution’s Sherry Fynbo.

Marroquin, who now lives in Buenos Aires, also took aim at “Narcos,” saying it inaccurately portrayed his father’s life. “I approached them before the first season but they were not interested. They thought they knew more than the family,” he said.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Viacom Channels Grab 'Seinfeld' Cable Rerun

    Viacom Channels Grab 'Seinfeld' Cable Rerun Rights

    Viacom has sealed a deal with Sony Pictures Television for the cable rights to “Seinfeld” starting in October 2021. The deal comes on the heels of a blockbuster new deal between Sony and Netflix for the streaming rights to the beloved NBC sitcom that also begins in 2021. “Seinfeld” reruns have been a staple of [...]

  • Soho House

    Soho House Lands In Downtown Los Angeles

    Warner Music, Spotify and Lyft are poised to welcome a new neighbor to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District with Soho Warehouse, the third California outpost of the Hollywood-loved members-only club — and the largest North American opening to date. Hot on the heels of the Soho House Hong Kong debut earlier this summer, the private [...]

  • Elite Season 2

    San Sebastian: Spain’s SVOD Players Debate Competition, Brand, Talent

    SAN SEBASTIAN  — Executives from HBO, Netflix, Amazon and Movistar+ and “Elite” co-creator Darío Madrona took to the stage to field questions on the Global Impact of Spanish Series. Here, briefly, are five takeaways: 1.Spain First “La Casa de Papel” was watched by 34,355,956 Netflix accounts over its first seven days,  after a July 19 [...]

  • Samsung Makes Bid to Keep Viewers

    Samsung Makes Bid to Keep Viewers From Skipping Fox Ad Breaks

    Fox is hoping to knit together the seconds-long divide between a TV program and the commercials that support it. During ad breaks for a few football broadcasts, tomorrow’s run of the Emmys and Wednesday’s season premiere of “The Masked Singer,” the network will kick off ad sessions with special show promos that display artistic renderings [...]

  • Patria

    HBO Europe Unveils ‘Patria’ Footage to Captive San Sebastian Audience

    SAN SEBASTIAN — Amid large expectation, HBO Europe has revealed first footage giving a first sense of tone and pace of its Spanish original series “Patria.” A packed-to-overflowing press conference on Saturday morning at the San Sebastian Festival can be read as one sign of the potential popularity of the eight-part series. The panel sneak-peek [...]

  • Topic Studios

    Layoffs Hit Topic Studios as TV Division Relocates to West Coast (EXCLUSIVE)

    A small round of layoffs has hit Topic Studios this week in the television division, insiders familiar with the company told Variety. One of the insiders said three executives at the New York-based producer and distributor are out: senior vice president of scripted programming and Viacom alum Lisa Leingang, vice president of development Mona Panchal [...]

  • Peter Weber and Mike Johnson

    'The Bachelor's' Mike Johnson on Diversity and New Leading Man Peter Weber

    ABC named its newest star of “The Bachelor” this week, officially making Peter Weber the leading man for Season 24 of the long-running dating show. Social media backlash ensued following the announcement due to ABC’s selection lacking diversity, yet again. Since the dating franchise began in 2002, there has been only one “Bachelorette” of color [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content