MGM is developing a TV series based on the life of Latin music superstar Luis Miguel. The project hails from a Spanish-language joint production venture the Lion has set with Mexican entrepreneurs Miguel Aleman and Antonio Cue.
Aleman and Cue’s Gato Grande Productions aims to develop content for the worldwide market. Expanding into Spanish-language production has been a goal of Mark Burnett, president of MGM Television and Digital.
“We see the value of premium content for the Spanish-speaking market throughout the world, and we look forward to many additional projects across all platforms that we can now develop with Antonio, Miguel and Gato Grande. This is only the beginning,” Burnett said.
A native of Puerto Rico, Miguel got his start in music as a teenager in the early 1980s, winning a Grammy in 1985 at the age of 14 for his duet with Sheena Easton, “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres.” He has collected another four Grammys to date and has sold more than 100 million records.
“It has taken me a long time to want to tell my story and I have been looking for the right team to tell it the way it should be told,” Miguel said.
Aleman is a radio and TV entrepreneur and former Televisa executive. Cue is the grandson of a founder of the Mexican brewery Grupo Modelo and is a former owner of the Major League Soccer team Chivas USA.
“Antonio and I have been looking to get into the content business for some time and after forming a deep personal relationship with Mark, we knew that the timing and opportunity were just right.” said Aleman. “To be able to launch our company Gato Grande with the story of Luis Miguel, one of the most important, legendary talents in music, is very exciting,” added Cue.
Carla Gonzalez Vargas, an author and filmmaker who helmed the 2015 documentary “Alivio,” will oversee the Miguel series in her role as Gato Grande’s head of development.
(Pictured: Luis Miguel)