Latin World Entertainment officially announced that its pilot "Killer Women," based on the successful format of "Mujeres Asesinas" by Pol-Ka Producciones of Argentina, has been bought by ABC Networks for the development of a series that will debut in prime time in 2013.
The plot of the series will take place in San Antonio, Texas where 63% of the population is Hispanic and will include Hispanic actors and actresses as special guests in central roles.
"Killer Women" will star Tricia Helfer who plays Ranger Molly Parker and Alex Fernandez, who plays her boss, Ranger Luis Zea, with a cast of international actors including Marc Blucas, Marta Milans, Alexandra Pomales and Michael Trucco.
Sofia Vergara, executive producer of "Killer Women" always wanted to be a "female assassin" for the version adapted successfully by Televisa, but her hectic schedule could never allow it. So in 2012 Vergara and her partner and manager Luis Balaguer, from Latin World Entertainment, decided to purchase the format and bring it to ABC.
"I went to ABC because they are my home, and through my experience with them, with Modern Family, I have found that they are very committed to supporting us Hispanics, in supporting our formats, in including us in their programming, in their shows, they believe in our talent and this was an excellent opportunity that thank God they gave us and that we are very proud to have achieved," said Vergara.
Balaguer, also executive producer of "Killer Women" said that taking a format as successful as "Mujeres Asesinas" to the U.S. market through a network as important as ABC gives Hispanics many opportunities.
"It opens the doors to our talent: actors, writers, producers, and of course our formats, which have not received the attention they deserve," he said.
"With 'Killer Women' we want to set a precedent of success and help open the doors of Hollywood to these talented Hispanics who have so much to contribute," he added.
Melissa Escobar and Becky Villaescusa, Latin World Entertainment executives who started their careers as producers at Univision, undertook the efforts to offer, develop and produce the pilot of "Killer Women" with ABC Studios for ABC network with an adaptation by writer Hannah Shakespeare, who converted the format into a perfect series for the general U.S. market.
Among the management and production team are "Casino Royale" director Martin Campbell, "Parenthood" director and producer, Lawrence Thrilling, Ben Silverman producer of hits like "The Office" and "Ugly Betty," and Jimmy Fox, producer of "Mobwives" and "Fashion Star."
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