Co-founded by seasoned industry leader Emiliano Calemzuk, renowned actress Sofia Vergara, and Latin World Entertainment founder Luis Balaguer, RAZE is rolling out three original series across diverse platforms: “Mi Hermanastro,” “The Black Veil,” and “Catrina: La Santa Muerte”
The production powerhouse has teamed up with Hollywood leading creative writers Natasha Ybarra-Klor, Liz Sczudlo, and Luisa Leschin to bring innovative bi-cultural Latino stories to the market
Los Angeles, CA- January 16, 2018 – RAZE, the digital media and production company founded by seasoned industry leader Emiliano Calemzuk, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, and Latin World Entertainment founder Luis Balaguer, is quickly becoming a new force in the content production arena, announcing today production and development with leading services Netflix, Hulu, and TNT. RAZE is moving into production with the original series “Catrina, la Santa Muerte,” for Netflix, and has set up scripts in development “Mi Hermanastro,” for Hulu, and “Black Veil” for TNT.
“In just one year, RAZE has jumped to a leadership position as a multi-purpose Latino creative engine capable of growing a digital media and social platform, as well as supplying high quality long-form product to top distributors in the US and Latin America,” said Calemzuk. “As we move forward with this original programming slate, we will bring the best content to our viewers through their favorite platforms.”
“At RAZE, we continue working to develop and produce original content that changes the narrative on how Latin-centered stories are told,” said Mari Urdaneta Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer. “We work with an excellent team of creative writers and producers who will provide unique and innovated plots that will resonate with viewers across key demos.”
“Catrina: La Santa Muerte” is heading to production at Netflix. Starring international star Blanca Soto, the series marks Soto’s comeback to the small screen. The action series is set on the geographical border between Mexico and the United States, at a time when the metaphysical border between the world of the living and the Land of the Dead is beginning to blur. Produced by RAZE, the series is executive produced by Blanca Soto and is written by Natasha Ybarra-Klor whose credits include Netflix hit series “Ingobernable,” Cadena 3 “Las Aparicio” and “Infames,” and Fox/Argos “Dos Lunas,” among others.
“Mi Hermanastro” (“My Step-brother”) is set up as a script at Hulu. Based on the online Latin American smash hit series with the same name, “Mi Hermanastro” is about two teenage step-siblings at odds with each other and struggling to find their place in life, who accidentally sleep together during a debauched game of seven minutes in heaven. Produced by RAZE, the script is written by Liz Sczudlo whose credits include Lifetime’s “Sea Change,” Freeform’s “Switched at Birth,” Fox’s “The Following,” and CW’s “90210.”
“The Black Veil” is set up at TNT. The events and characters depicted in “The Black Veil” are fiction, though inspired by actual events described in newly-released Inquisition documents from the Vatican regarding a criminal case against an Italian order of nuns, around 1800. The series centers around the cloistered Convent of St. Agatha’s, nestled in New Mexico’s Blue Mountains overlooking the town of Sagrado. As the U.S. enters WWII and New Mexico readies to send over 1,800 of its rough-hewn cowboy, Navajo and Mexican- American soldiers overseas, the hierarchical population of nuns, novitiates and staff living behind the high stone walls of the convent struggle to remain solvent and unaffected by the war. To maintain their sanctuary hidden from the outside world, the nuns live in symbiotic collusion under the strong hand of a cultish Abbess. The isolation and constant search for enlightenment creates a hothouse atmosphere of religious ecstasies, miracles, sexual repression and powerful intrigue. A sophisticated, authentically depicted, nighttime series, “The Black Veil” features forbidden love, lust, poisonings, feigned miracles and murder. Produced by RAZE, the script is written by Luisa Leschin whose credits includes Amazon’s “Just Add Magic,” Hulu’s “East Los High,” and ABC’s “George Lopez,” among others.
Founded in January 2017, RAZE is a modern digital media company custom-built to create and distribute a unique platform of genre-defining, franchisable premium programming and experiences targeting underserved acculturated bilingual Latino users that consume video stories on their phones with a hearty appetite. The company is utilizing its strategic partnerships to produce a hub for fresh content that appeals to this demographic as well as Latin-centered content for advertisers to harness the emergence of direct talent relationships with their fans through social media. The company launched the mobile and social-first storytelling platform, RAZE TV, in June 2017.
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Founded by Emiliano Calemzuk, Sofia Vergara, and Luis Balaguer, RAZE is a mobile and social-first entertainment platform & premium production company serving an ever-evolving and increasingly diverse community of bicultural Latinos whose lifestyles are defining the mainstream across several key demographics. Through its strategic partnerships, RAZE creates and distributes genre-defining, franchisable premium programming, advertising content and experiences across multiple platforms, including O&O channels, as well as through third-party traditional and new media broadcast and publishing outlets. To experience RAZE, please visit: www.RAZE.TV or connect via social media through @RAZE on Facebook, and @RAZEOfficial on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and follow the conversation using #SomosRaze.