NBCU Telemundo Enterprises has launched a feature film division, Telemundo Films, which will develop, produce and market features for both English- and Spanish-speaking audiences.
Telemundo network president Luis Silberwasser will run the unit, which will exist under Telemundo Studios.
For its first project, Telemundo Films will partner with Imagine Entertainment, Blumhouse’s BH Tilt and Universal for the release of Lowriders.
The Ricardo de Montreuil-directed feature, which opened the 2016 LA Film Fest, centers on the car culture of East L.A. and follows a talented young street artist. Eva Longoria, Demian Bichir and Melissa Benoist star in the project, which was produced by Brian Grazer and Jason Blum. Gabriel Chavarria, Theo Rossi and Tony Revolori also star.
“Telemundo Films will allow us to leverage our expertise to expand our entertainment business into a new genre of storytelling,” said NBCU Telemundo chairman Cesar Conde. “We are excited to kick off this new venture in partnership with Imagine, Blumhouse and Universal Pictures, and look forward to working with them to serve the vibrant moviegoing Hispanic market.”
Lowriders will be released by BH Tilt theatrically on May 12, 2017.