Highly-Anticipated Debut of Cable Network’s First Original Set For Tuesday, March 11th at 9 PM ET/PT on El Rey Network
AUSTIN, TX – Thursday, January 30, 2014 – El Rey Network, Robert Rodriguez’s new genre-busting cable network, is excited to announce the World Premiere of the highly-anticipated From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series at the 28th annual South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Following its World Premiere screening at SXSW, the series will debut [in the US] on El Rey Network on Tuesday, March 11 at 9 PM ET/PT. The series, created and executive produced by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, El Rey Network Founder and Chairman, is based on the cult classic film of the same name. Rodriguez directed the premier episode which will be screened at the festival.
“As an Austinite and longtime fan of the festival, I could not be more excited to debut the premier episode of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES at SXSW this year,” Rodriguez said. “I’m honored that the series has been selected and that we will have the chance to not only debut this action-packed TV show but also present the voice of the El Rey Network.”
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is a 10-episode supernatural crime saga which debuts March 11 at 9 pm ET/PT on El Rey Network (check local listings). The series features an international cast including D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ‘70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State, Identity); Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges); Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew); Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files); and Lane Garrison (Bonnie & Clyde, Prison Break.). Emmy-Winning Special Effects wizard Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) oversees make-up effects for the series. Rodriguez and cast members will be in attendance for the World Premiere at SXSW.
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES at SXSW 2014 Film Page
Based on the thrill-ride film, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is an El Rey Network production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures and Miramax. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Coto (who is also showrunner) and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. Diego Gutierrez is writer and co-executive producer. Robert Rodriguez will direct the first, second and fourth episodes.
Miramax, producing studio and distributor of the original film, is distributing the series internationally in all territories.
Entertainment One Television (eOne) and El Rey partnered earlier this week on an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement whereby eOne will represent DVD and EST rights in the US and Canada for “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and will handle all media rights, with the exception of broadcast rights, for El Rey Network’s slate of upcoming originals.
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About El Rey Network:
El Rey Network, launched December 2013, is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network will unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network’s action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, horror/sci-fi and next-generation sports. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Communications Inc.
About FactoryMade Ventures:
FactoryMade is an incubator for entertainment businesses and was founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. The company builds IP-based franchises and production and distribution platforms by leveraging its strong ties to the Hollywood creative community and partnering with global brands and investors. Its ventures include El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with Robert Rodriguez and a joint venture with the leading Mexican wrestling league Lucha Libre AAA. In addition to working with corporate partners such as Telefonica and JCP, they previously spearheaded the creation of Hasbro’s film business (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship) and television business (Hasbro TV Studios, the Hub Network with Discovery Communications), and developed retail’s first integrated digital gaming and commerce platform with HSN (HSN Arcade).
Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures including some of the world’s most original and acclaimed independent films such as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare In Love, Good Will Hunting and No Country for Old Men – as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, and the Scream, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award® nominations and 68 Oscars®, including four Best Picture awards. Miramax’s world-class global distribution team has successfully brought titles to existing and emerging platforms in nearly every country. Miramax’s development slate includes derivative television series with Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York) and James Mangold (Cop Land), as well as Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series in active production. Miramax with Sony’s Screen Gems will release The Wedding Ringer, starring Kevin Hart, January 16, 2015. Miramax was purchased in 2010 by Qatar Holding, together with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital, and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. For more information, please visit www.miramax.com, “like” the company on Facebook and follow Miramax on Twitter @Miramax.
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