Lionsgate Thursday announced a first-look deal with Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress-producer Salma Hayek Pinault and her producing partner.
Under the agreement, Hayek Pinault and Jose “Pepe” Tamez will produce feature films for Lionsgate under Hayek Pinault’s Ventanarosa Productions banner, which will also explore feature film opportunities with Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films venture.
The studio, which previously teamed with Hayek Pinault on the action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and Pantelion Films’ “How to Be a Latin Lover,” will also produce films for her to star in.
“I’m very grateful to begin this new phase of my partnership with Lionsgate,” Hayek Pinault said. “They have built a tremendous rapport with mainstream and underserved audiences alike, and their willingness to push the envelope with films that reflect a bold and authentic creative vision fills me with great excitement. I couldn’t have found a better home. I look forward to the adventure of working with a team that makes me feel heard and respected and that celebrates diversity and the female point of view.”
Hayek Pinault produced the double Academy Award-winning “Frida,” which earned her an Oscar nomination for her lead performance as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, as well as the Emmy-nominated series “Ugly Betty.”
She most recently starred in “Beatriz at Dinner,” for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film was produced by Tamez, who also worked with her on “Ugly Betty.”
“Salma is a major superstar who has shown that great film and television properties transcend language and cultural boundaries,” said Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger. “Pantelion’s priority is to super-serve the growing Spanish-language and bilingual market with premium, enjoyable and relatable content. We look forward to partnering with Salma and Pepe on exciting new projects for our future slate.”