Starz Developing 3 Latino Dramas, Including Supernatural Series Set in Cuba

TCA 2016: Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announces “Maleficio,” “Pour Vida” and “Santeria,” all from Hispanic creators

Starz is developing three Latino series from Hispanic writers, directors and producers, the network announced Friday.

The three series are “Maleficio,” based on a Mexican telenovela; “Pour Vida,” inspired by a short story by Richard Villegas, Jr.; and “Santeria,” a supernatural series about the Cuban religion of the same name.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announced the three projects during his executive session at the 2016 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

Based on the Mexican series “El Maleficio,” “Maleficio” will center on Don Enrique De Martino, a powerful Mexican businessman who has made a deadly pact with the Devil.

Mauricio Katz will serve as showrunner and co-write the first episode with Pedro Peirano, who will also serve as executive producer. Starz and Televisa USA will co-produce the series.

“Pour Vida” follows twin sisters, Brook and Lyn Hernandez, who open a new wine and tapas bar in a building in Boyle Heights that houses a failing lesbian bar below and a village-like collection of Eastside denizens in three units above.

Big Beach TV will produce based on a short story by Richard Villegas Jr. Marc Turtletaub, Dan Pasternack and Erin Keating will serve as executive producers.

“Santeria” centers on two undercover agents investigating a bizarre murder in Cuba. The series dives into the complex relationship between the Cuban people and the ancient religion Santeria.

Cuban writer and director Alejandro Brugues and Eduardo Sanchez will executive produce and direct. Gregg Hale will serve as executive producer for the supernatural series.

Scene at TCA 2016 Winter Press Tour (Updating Photos)

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