Salma Hayek inks first-look deal with HBO Max

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Salma Hayek appears on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” [Photo by Charles Sykes/Bravo]

Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek has inked a two-year first-look deal with the fledgling streaming service HBO Max.

Deadline reports that Hayek  – an actor, producer and director – 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, in a statement, per Deadline.

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

Tamez and Hayek have worked together for the two decades. Their films include Julie Taymor’s 2002 biopic “Frida,” a portrait of  artist Frida Kahlo that was nominated for six Oscars, including Hayek’s best actress nod; Annie Award-nominated dirctor Kahlil Gibran’s 2014 animated epic “The Prophet”; and Miguel Arteta’s 2017 class dramedy “Beatriz at Dinner.”

The pair also produced the Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Peabody Award-winning TV series “Ugly Betty” and the fact-based TV movie “In The Time Of The Butterflies.”

“We are delighted to welcome the exceptionally multitalented powerhouse Salma Hayek and Ventanarosa into the HBO Max family,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max in a statement, per Deadline.

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.

As a performer, Hayek will add to her already extensive list of acting credits with her upcoming appearances in Marvel’s “The Eternals,” Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” and Amazon’s “Bliss.”

“We are thrilled to be joining HBO MAX and WarnerMedia. Their team of passionate, talented and open-minded executives are a great support in our mission to make high quality global television that explores and celebrates diversity and inclusivity,” said Hayek in a statement, per Deadline.


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