Vice Studios Expanding Spanish-Language TV Production

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The studio announced a scripted series with Nicolas Giacobone, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 'Birdman.'

Vice Media is stepping up its content offerings in espanol.

The media outlet's film and TV production arm, youth-focused Vice Studios, is developing two Spanish-language projects, including La Misa del Diablo (The Devil's Mass), from Academy Award winner and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu collaborator Nicolas Giacobone (Birdman). Based on a book of the same name, the story centers around a cop trying to solve the mysterious murder of an Argentine boy. Grammy-winning music video helmer Hernan Corera is directing.

Vice also is developing a scripted project with Mexican comedian Alexis de Anda (Mea Culpa) under the working title Es Que Si Pasa, a series that follows a fictionalized version of de Anda as she explores a world of odd jobs, parties and new lovers.

Gina Marcheschi and Nacho Gil are executive producers on both series.

Vice's first Spanish-language docuseries, 1994, premieres on Netflix Friday. The five-parter examines Mexican politics in the turbulent year of 1994, which marked the assassination of a presidential candidate and the rise of the rebel group EZLN.

Disney owns a large stake in Vice.