WEEK IN WOMEN: Salma Hayek’s First-look Deal with HBO – Brancy McDonnell reports

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Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek has inked a two-year first-look deal with the fledgling streaming service HBO Max. Actor-producer-director Hayek will first bring projects to the WarnerMedia-owned subscription service for potential development via her Ventanarosa production company as part of the deal.

“Ventanarosa has a history of bringing the most lively and rich stories to life and we are eager to hear all of the wonderful ideas that will be borne out of this partnership,” said Joey Chavez, executive vice president of original drama for HBO Max.

Jose Tamez, Ventanarosa’s president, serves as Hayek’s producing partner. Siobhan Flynn acts as their head of production and development.

As a helmer, Hayek won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Direction of a Family Movie for the 2003 TV film “The Maldonado Miracle,” on which she also served as executive producer. Her other producing credits include the recently announced Santa Evita at Fox Latin America and Monarca at Netflix. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.