Disney-owned studio Onyx Collective has picked up the documentary series Gigante, which will explore the story and legacy of the longest-running variety show in the history of television.
Launched in 1962 and hosted by Chilean TV star Mario Kreutzberger under the stage name of Don Francisco, Sabado Gigante was a Spanish-language variety show broadcast in the U.S. that eventually became Univision’s longest-running program, and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running variety TV series.
The four-part docuseries features the participation of Kreutzberger (pictured), as well as access to 53 years of the show’s archives and a cavalcade of celebrities as it explores how Sabado Gigante helped shape a new demographic and became a political force.
Gigante is produced by Foton Pictures and Trojan Horse, and will be streamed exclusively on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ in all other territories.
Kareem Tabsch is executive producer and director alongside Alex Fumero, who serves as executive producer and showrunner through their Trojan Horse production company. The series is a Foton Pictures production, with Ilan Numhauser, Ari Taboada and Carlos Enrique Cuscó all serving as executive producers. The concept was conceived by Fumero and Tabsch.
“Gigante is the definitive Latino origin story told through the lens of Sabado Gigante, one of the most beloved programs in the Spanish-speaking world and a staple in all our homes,” said Tabsch in a news release. “The series will tell how a Chilean Jewish immigrant in Miami managed to shape the way that millions of other immigrants from dozens of nationalities across the Western Hemisphere identified themselves, bringing us all closer together and forever changing the face of the United States and Latin America in the process.”
“This is an extremely personal project for us and is very much part of our DNA as a company,” added Carlos Enrique Cuscó, CEO of Foton Pictures. “Bringing impactful and relevant stories to the foreground with such hugely talented creative partners like Kareem and Alex is the reason we got into this business. To now partner with Onyx Collective and get the opportunity to share our story as Latinos, with the participation of Don Francisco (Mario Kreutzberger), is a dream come true.”
Photo by Gio Alma