Moisés Zamora is putting a bigger lens on Latinx stories.
The creator of Netflix’s Selena: The Series has partnered with Bianca Quesada and together formed Zone One, a production company focused on telling stories focused on people of Latin-American, Indigenous and Afro-Latin descent.
Quesada — who has been a creative exec at Starz, coordinator at CAA and, most recently, Live Nation director of film and TV development — will serve as head of development and production at Zone One. Ellen Gorra, who previously worked with Quesada at Live Nation, will serve as head of ventures and new business at Zone One.
Zone One already has multiple projects in the works. On the TV front, the company is readying The Whistleblower, a drama based on attorney Natalie Khawam that explores the high-profile case of missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillén. The case ultimately spotlighted the culture of sexual harassment and corruption at Fort Hood. Zamora will pen the script and exec produce alongside Quesada and Henry Robles (Selena, Rebel). The project is set up at HBO Max as development.
Over at ABC Signature, Zone One is prepping Off the Rims, a drama described as Fast and the Furious meets Atlanta set to the beat of reggaeton. It follows two Afro-Latinx childhood friends who have tried to play by the rules of society but bent them in order to live the American Dream, creating one of the world’s most sophisticated car theft rings. Zamora will pen the script alongside Dioverd Danny Batista. A network is not yet attached.
On the feature side, Zone One has To Die Sane, co-written by Zamora and Carlos Cisco (Star Trek: Discovery). The pic revolves around a Mexican-American ICE agent who becomes increasingly paranoid and unhinged after a detained young immigrant commits suicide and his fellow agents fall victim one by one to El Cuco, the mythic child-snatching figure of Latino lore.
“Our deepest hope is that our work will show a long awaited, repositioned breadth of the Latinx, Afro-Latin, and Indigenous narrative while being cognizant of the delicate balance of entertaining and enlightening a global audience,” Quesada said. “We are traversing new narrative ground and are dedicated to ensuring that we meet the moment of today’s global culture.”
Zone One is repped by WME and attorney James Feldman.