VH1 to provide behind-the-scenes access to Ricky Martin
Viacom-owned lifestyle network VH1 is teaming with Los Angeles-based 51 Minds Entertainment to document Puerto Rican crooner Ricky Martin (pictured) as he prepares for a seven-week residency in Las Vegas.
Ricky Martin: Behind the Vegas Residency will offer fans of the Latin superstar a behind-the-scenes look as he launches his own Las Vegas residency on Sept. 12 at the new Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.
The hour-long special premieres Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.
It is exec produced by 51 Minds’ Christian Sarabia, Ricky Martin, Major TV’s Raymond Garcia, Jamie King and Gil Lopez. David Cabrera, Jose Vega, and Daniel Sladek serve as co-executive producers. Lily Neumeyer is executive producing for VH1.
Hot Docs heads to London
Hot Docs and Bertha DocHouse have partnered to present a special screening series showcasing critically acclaimed documentaries from this year’s Hot Docs Festival.
The screening series will run Sept. 21-24 at the Bertha DocHouse and features seven features and two shorts, as well as the shorts compilation In the Name of All Canadians, which was commissioned by Hot Docs to commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Screening in the series are Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko’s Let There Be Light (Sept. 21), about scientists working to build a small sun on Earth; Barry Avrich’s Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World (Sept. 22), in which dealers, collectors and artists share their trading secrets in the art world; and Pau Ortiz’s The Other Side of the Wall (Sept. 23), in which two Honduran children have to act as father and mother to their two younger siblings. That film screens with Matt Sukkar’s short Durango.
Further films heading across the pond include Vaishali Sinha‘s Ask the Sexpert (Sept. 23); Pascale Lamche’s Winnie (Sept. 23); Dmitri Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie (Sept. 24), screening with Lauren DeFilippo’s Clean Hands; and François Jacob’s A Moon of Nickel and Ice (Sept. 24).
Critical Content developing Malcolm X doc
Los Angeles-based prodco Critical Content is gearing up to develop and produce an as-yet untitled documentary on the ongoing legacy of Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X.
The untitled documentary will follow a scripted series based on Manning Marable’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Creative Content’s creative team is currently in discussions with filmmakers to join the dramatized project.
Critical Content is represented by WME. UTA represented the Marable Estate in the deal on behalf of The Cheney Agency.