Selena Gomez Set to Produce True Crime Docuseries “The Cartel Among Us” for New Univision Streaming Platform

Selena Gomez has delightfully surprised me.

Gomez, a Grand Prairie, Texas native who has come a country mile since her 2003 work in Barney: Read with Me, Dance with Me, has a filmography about the size of her home state. Yet it’s only in recent years that I’ve come to appreciate her as a genuine acting talent in such projects as Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York and her recent tour de force performance in the Steve Martin/Martin Short joint Only Murders in the Building. It’s obvious this onetime gal pal to Justin Bieber has some serious chops that only the narrow minded can pretend to ignore. And, perhaps to capitalize on this newfound goodwill, The Hollywood Reporter announced this very day that the twenty-nine year old chanteuse is branching out even further into the rarified land of producing.

 Selena Gomez has been announced as a principal producer on the upcoming true crime docuseries Mi Vecino, El Cartel (The Cartel Among Us) which will mark her first Spanish-language series as a producer. The docuseries proper will reportedly focus on a murder that shocked a small Texas town and which helped to set off a multi-year international investigation.

 The deal that Gomez has inked is with the brand-spankin’ new Univision service and will mark the milestone of the actress expanding her so-called “brand” into the world of Spanish-language television and movie production.

 In a press release announcing the deal with Gomez, Univision Big Wheel Rodrigo Mazon said that “We are going very big when it comes to the launch of our streaming services. Our goal and our promise is to have the most extensive offering of originally produced Spanish language content in the world. Because we want to and will appeal to the entire 600 million Spanish-speaking population around the world…we will be programming about the broadest offering possible in terms of genres and formats, because we want to appeal to all ages, all nationalities, and all tastes, and want to be the leader in that space.” Well, you certainly can’t knock the guy’s ambition, can you?

 Mazon – never one apparently to be short with words – went on to laud the new relationship with Gomez: “Selena Gomez is obviously a superstar, there’s probably nobody bigger, and she also cares a lot about elevating Latinx voices and storytelling. So the match was perfect. It is a pretty gripping and thrilling and crazy story, so we felt that it would be extremely interesting to everyone in the Spanish-speaking world and around the world to hear about it.”

As a confirmed docuseries aficionado, and a newfound admirer of Ms. Gomez’s acting talents, this pop culture pundit eagerly awaits The Cartel Among Us; time to brush up on my Spanish!

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