Jennifer Lopez, Wilmer Valderrama Projects Head to Cable Network (Exclusive)
"Amigas, Inc." and "The Ricardo Laguna Project" are among the new television series premiering later this year on Tres.
Jennifer Lopez and Wilmer Valderrama are teaming up with Tres: MTV, Musica y Mas (formerly MTV Tres), the cable network targeting the Hispanic millennial generation.
Additionally, the cable net has given the go-ahead on a docuseries centered on former RBD singer Dulce Maria and has renewed originals Quiero Mis Quinces, Quiero Mi Boda, Rock Dinner and La Escalera.
Lopez will serve as executive producer along with Simon Fields and Jane Startz (Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting) on Amigas Inc., an aspirational eight-episode television series that chronicles the lives of four entrepreneurial Miami teenagers who launch a party-planning business to throw their perfect Quinceneras (comparable to a "Sweet Sixteen"). Startz created the Amigas, Inc. book series and characters, which were inspired by Lopez.
The series, which will launch in the fall, comes from Lopez's Nuyorican Productions, Jane Startz Productions with United Entertainment also taking on a producing role.
“I’m so excited to bring the Amigas series to television and to share the rich cultural experiences of being a Latino that are universal to us all,” said Lopez. “I hope that this series will entertain audiences and inspire my fans to pursue their own dreams.”
Valderrama will executive produce the docuseries The Ricardo Laguna Project, centered on the Mexican-American BMX champion Ricardo Laguna that he discovered. The niche cable network has ordered eight half-hour episodes to premiere in March.
“When I met Ricardo, I immediately discovered a disarming, charming and inspiring young man with a vision larger than even his whole family expected. I related to him on so many levels. Ricardo and his family remind me and all of us the reason why we move away from our countries and come to America to embark in the search of the American dream,” said Valderrama.
The Ricardo Laguna Project will offer a glimpse inside the life of Laguna as he attempts to break three world records, begin his own family business and balancing his family and Las Vegas social life.
Lopez has been making splashes with programs targeting the Hispanic audience. She and Marc Anthony are behind Univision's talent show Q'Viva: The Chosen premiering Jan. 28 and touted the upcoming series at the winter Television Critics Assoc. press tour earlier this month.
Other projects heading to Tres are the 10-episode, hourlong series Dulce Maria: Extranjera, chronicling the former RBD singer's struggles as she attempts to make it in Hollywood after experiencing success in Latin America. The series will premiere in July.
Telenovela Bienvenida Realidad, from Cadena Tres, Argos Communications and Sony TV in Mexico, will begin its 120-episode run beginning February.
The Miami-based Tres is owned by Viacom International Media Networks and reaches 33.6 million households.