Telemundo And Netflix Nab Rights To Mark Burnett's Luis Miguel Bio-Series

By Veronica Villafañe, contributor /forbes.com
05/05/2017

Telemundo will air the Luis Miguel miniseries in the U.S.; Netflix will stream it in Latin America and Spain.

Telemundo has signed a deal for the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the “officially authorized TV series” based on Luis Miguel’s life story and announced today it will air it in 2018.

On the same day, Netflix also revealed it has the rights to stream the yet-unnamed bio-series in Latin America and Spain with the same target date.

The fiercely private Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum recording artist is cooperating in telling his life story for the miniseries.

"For decades I have been asked to tell my story. Many have created their own versions. Now I have decided to tell the true story of my life,” says Luis Miguel.

The series, first announced in November of 2016, is being produced by MGM Television and Gato Grande Productions. Film and television producer and MGM Television president Mark Burnett secured the exclusive rights to the singer’s story and will help develop the series.

“Luis Miguel has become a close personal friend of mine and my wife Roma. He is a wonderful human being and a bonafide superstar whose authentic story deserves to be told,” says Burnett.

Telemundo has enjoyed strong ratings with musical bio-series about legendary performers. In the past two years it aired bio-series about Cuban legend Celia Cruz and Mexican icon Juan Gabriel to great success.

The extremely popular Luis Miguel, who has had highly publicized relationships with Mariah Carey and Daisy Fuentes, as well as Mexican actress Araceli Arámbula, the mother of two of his children, will surely be a major attraction for Telemundo and Netflix.

“For decades many people have talked about my life. But the time has come for my truth to come to light. There are many versions, but only one truth. This is my story,” Luis Miguel says in Spanish in an advance trailer of the series released by Netflix.

Earlier this year, Univision also announced it will develop a series about Luis Miguel’s life with producer Pedro Torres, who worked closely with the singer for the past 30 years on his music videos. There is no date yet for the release of that series.

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