In a competitive situation with both broadcast and cable networks pursuing, Real Deal, a drama project produced by Eva Longoria and Conde Nast Entertainment, has landed at CBS with penalty. The project, based on a 2005 Glamour article (read it here), marks the first broadcast sale for Conde Nast. Written by Burn Notice veteran Craig O’Neill, Real Deal centers on two polar opposite women — an ambitious FBI agent and an uncontrollable criminal Confidential Informant — who must find common ground if they’re going to survive both the streets of Los Angeles and each other. CBS TV Studios is producing, with O’Neill executive producing alongside UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector and Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff. The article, “The FBI’s Secret Weapon: Women” by Emily Benedek, centers on the heroic exploits of FBI Special Agent Jennifer Coffindaffer as an example of the benefit of women in the agency’s ranks.
This marks the fifth sale this season for UnbeliEVAble, which also has dramas at NBC, ABC and the CW and a comedy at NBC. The company is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and Brad Small. O’Neill, repped by CAA, Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse and Bruce Gellman, is coming off USA’s Burn Notice where he worked for the entire seven-season run, rising to executive producer. On the feature side, he just wrote the Warner Bros sci-fi feature Monte Cristo and is currently writing a film with Guillermo del Toro producing. Conde Nast is with CAA and Pamela Black.
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Gabrielle and Carlos Solis, a.k.a. Eva Longoria and Ricardo Chavira, shared a last dance together on the series finale of “Desperate Housewives.” Now a year later, Eva and Ricardo are back together again as Eva stirs up trouble on NBC’s new comedy, “Welcome to the Family.” Check out a behind the scenes look of Eva making her appearance on the series, which airs next week.
While Eva Longoria first became known as an A-list actress, the 38-year-old is now a political activist, producer, philanthropist and entertainment icon whose work has touched Latinos from coast to coast.
Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas to Mexican American parents; the youngest of four sisters, Longoria was encouraged to pursue academics. Longoria worked at a Wendy’s during high school to help pay for college and even worked through college, entering a local beauty pageant in order to cover her expenses. By the time Longoria graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, she had won the title of Miss Corpus Christi.
The beauty pageant title gave her a crown – and the chance to compete for a role on a talent show in Los Angeles. Longoria won that opportunity and decided to stay in Los Angeles. By 2004 – with roles on soaps like “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” behind her – Longoria earned the role of Gabrielle Solis on “Desperate Housewives.” The show became a favorite across America, and with it, Longoria became a household name.
But fame wasn’t all Longoria wanted: what she ultimately craved was an opportunity to represent Latinos across the country.
By April 2012, “Desperate Housewives” had ended, but Longoria – by then divorced from NBA star Tony Parker – began to come into her own politically and was tapped by President Obama to serve on the commission on the National Museum of the American Latino. In December 2012, Longoria was appointed National Co-Chair for President Obama’s re-election campaign and traveled the country, drumming up the Latino vote and invoking the need for immigration reform. And she wasn’t just encouraging Latinos to go to the polls as well as pursue their dreams – she was taking her words into action, studying for and eventually earning her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State, Northridge.
“I always find change has to come in two areas, in the private sector and in the public sector,” Longoria tells NBC Latino contributor Feliciano Garcia in an upcoming Cafecito interview.
“So while I can do everything I can with my foundation, we still need policy change and so you have to have both mechanisms working in order to create change and so legislation like immigration reform, or legislation like the Dream Act, or legislation like the Care Act, I mean, all of these things need to happen.”
In 2012, the actress also founded the Eva Longoria Foundation, which empowers Latinas to excel in school and business through education and career training programs. The businesswoman – who co-owns an L.A. restaurant – Beso – counts philanthropy as one of her primary passions and founded a San Antonio-based non-profit called Eva’s Heroes, which helps developmentally disabled children.
And Longoria, who serves on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, has also continued to make a splash in the entertainment industry. She was one of the executive producers of “Devious Maids” – the only show in history with an all-Latina lead cast – and has also hosted the NCLR ALMA Awards multiple times, making it one of Latino Hollywood’s most pre-eminent events. It’s also clear that she intends to keep the hits coming, as Longoria’s entertainment company has just sold a show about a mother-daughter attorney team to NBC.
As an entertainment icon, entrepreneur, co-author and award-winning humanitarian, the petite actress has proven that the future is bright for all Latinos regardless of economic status or background. She has achieved the American Dream – and with her achievement, she gives new definition to the term “icon.”
Cristóbal Alex announced leaving his position as Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, to launch two new projects: the Latino Victory Fund Project and the Latino Victory Foundation, Politico reported. The effort also involves actress and entrepreneur Eva Longoria and DNC Finance Chair Henry Muñoz, who already worked together as co-chairs of the Futuro Fund, a project aimed to empower young Latinos to become entrepreneurs that also helped raise money for President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2012.
The Latino Victory Fund, like the LGBT Victory Fund, will help advocate issues that impact the Latino community and will develop a pipeline of Latino candidates for local, state and federal office, Politico.com reported.
According to Latin Times, the Latino Victory Fund will offer training and assistance to help Latinos develop their respective political campaigns, including leadership and campaign workshops, as well as identifying who it supports for office and providing voters with information about the candidates to foster a relationship between Latinos and their political representatives.
The former Desperate Housewives actress also works through the Eva Longoria Foundation to encourage young Latinas to find and utilize their potential. The organization focuses on helping girls attend college and women start their own businesses.
The 38-year-old actress confessed the women in her family inspired her to participate in beneficent events to help others. During an interview with La Prensa, Lognoria said it’s more reasonable to help in small ways, “to think what I can do right now, in my community and in my foundation,” and added she stressed that people give up because they think they can’t help everyone, so they end up helping no one.
Back in August, Longoria was honored with the NCLR’s “ALMA de Tu Mundo” award, presented by Telemundo and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to recognize Longoria’s use of her fame and talent to help the Latino community and to create awareness on various philanthropic causes, People en Español reported.
“The solidarity work is critical to our community, because by defending the rights of Latinos we are defending the rights of everyone. That’s how we all can move forward together,” said Longoria during her acceptance speech, in perfect Spanish. “I feel very honored to be here because I was born in the United States, but I feel Mexican at heart,” she added.
“Acting is my profession, but helping the Latino community is my passion and mission of life. That’s why I created the Eva Longoria Foundation, to support the Latino community, which, as we know, is powerful, influential and has a limitless potential,” explained the actress.
Three actors are setting their sights on an indie drama.
Sean Bean, Eva Longoria and Kate Walsh have joined the feature Any Day, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Any Day centers on an ex-fighter Vian (Bean), who is transformed by the love and forgiveness he experiences through his 11-year-old nephew Jimmy.
Longoria will play Jolene, a mortgage broker who meets Vian in the grocery store, while he is with Jimmy. After a few false starts, Jolene agrees to go on a date with Vian, but her vindictive ex-boyfriend reveals some troubling information about Vian.
Walsh has been cast as Bethley, Vian’s older sister. A tough, yet alluring single mother who’s been working all her life, Bethley’s husband ran off with another woman leaving her struggling to make ends meet. She is strong in her religious faith and lets Vian live in her garage for a few weeks.
Rustam Branaman will direct from his original screenplay.
Principal photography begins Oct. 21 in Los Angeles.
“This is a story that is very close to my heart, filled with themes that fascinate me: transformation in one’s life, the possibility of something that goes beyond the material realm, the weaving of love and forgiveness, while maintaining the deep sense of unpredictable irony that exists with all humans,” said Branaman.
Jaguar Entertainment’s Jeanette Zhou, The Marshak/Zachary Co.’s Darryl Marshak and Pantheon Entertainment’s Andrew Sugerman are producers. Harlan Bosmajian (Lovely and Amazing) is the director of photography. This is the first movie to be financed by Jaguar Entertainment.
Bean, who had a memorable turn as Ned Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, stars in the upcoming Jupiter Ascending and TNT’s Legends pilot, is repped by CAA, Independent Talent and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Longoria, next starring in Frontera, is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman. Walsh’s forthcoming films include Dermaphoria, Just Before I Go and Staten Island Summer; she is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn.
Branaman is repped by Mike De Trana at Anvil Entertainment. The producers are repped by attorney Kevin Mills.
Eva Longoria is known for being an advocate of education and its role on the Latino community.
On October 5th, Univision will air Today is the Future, a town hall featuring the 38-year-old star and other education experts, as part of the network’s ¡Educate, Es el Momento! education week.
“Hispanics are shaping the future of this country and it’s vital that we take an active role in ensuring their success by underscoring the importance of education by partnering with higher education institutions such as UCLA,” said senior vice president of administration and executive producer of education week at Univision Communications Inc., Fabrizio Alcobe.
“With a school age population that is 52% Latino, California is the beta test forincreasing Hispanic educational attainment. How it tackles this challenge will set the standard for the rest of the nation.”
The one-hour panel aims to increase awareness about the urgency and value of Latino education in America, and its importance to America’s prosperity and global competitiveness.
Today is the Future will air on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 3:50 p.m. ET/ 2:50 p.m. CT/ 11 a.m. PT on Univision!
Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAable has set up its fourth drama this development season.
NBC has picked up a script for Vega v. Vega, a female-driven legal drama from Longoria’s UnbeliEVAable Entertainment banner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama — which was set up at The CW in 2011 but did not move forward — revolves around a brilliant, young, successful lawyer who suddenly finds herself forced to go into a practice with her mother, a pioneering female attorney with whom she has a love/hate relationship.
Laurie Silverstein will pen the script and co-executive produce the Warner Bros. Television project alongside Longoria, former Desperate Housewives EP George W. Perkins, Sunta Izzicupo (Mail Order Bride) and UnbeliEVAable’s Ben Spector. Elizabeth Bradley will produce.
The 2011 incarnation of the script was penned by Yahlin Chang (Pan Am) and exec produced by Perkins and Izzicupo, Bradley as a co-EP.
Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble is based at Universal Television, but the drama — like the untitled Albert Kim drama set up at The CW — was grandfathered in. For Longoria, this marks her fourth sale this development season. In addition to Kim’s (Nikita) female-driven conspiracy drama, she has Trust, an hourlong soap based on Colombian telenovela Pura Sangre set up at ABC; and an untitled comedy inspired by sex therapist Laura Berman also with NBC.
The CW is staying in business with Nikita’s Albert Kim.
The co-EP/writer behind the network’s departing drama has set up a drama with the network and exec producer Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled drama revolves around a woman imprisoned for a double murder she didn’t commit who earns her law degree while behind bars. After winning her freedom, she joins the high-powered law firm that she believes is at the center of the conspiracy that framed her.
Kim, who has been with Nikita from the start, will pen the script and executive produce the drama with Longoria and UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector.
Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble is based at Universal Television, but Kim’s untitled drama was grandfathered in since she developed a legal show with WBTV and The CW last season. WBTV partnered Kim with Longoria after his work on the female-driven Nikita. He came up with the pitch and The CW bought it in the room.
For Longoria, this marks her second sale this development season. She has Trust, an hourlong soap based on Colombian telenovela Pura Sangre set up at ABC; and an untitled comedy inspired by sex therapist Laura Berman set up at NBC.
Nikita’s six-episode fourth and final season has not yet been scheduled on The CW.
Kim (Leverage) is repped by ICM Partners; UnbeliEVAble is repped by CAA.
Desperate Housewives alumna Eva Longoria is returning to ABC for another soapy drama, this time as a producer. ABC has bought Trust, an hourlong soap based on the popular Colombian telenovela Pura Sangre, which is produced by Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Berman/Braun and Universal TV. Written by Katie Lovejoy (Dracula), Trust centers on David Montenegro, a humble attorney in Miami who is given the chance to become the Trustee of the Lagos estate. David takes the job to try and rekindle a romance with his first and only love, Rosella Lagos – who is now engaged to another man – but before long, he finds himself sucked into her dysfunctional family and discovers that, in a world of so much money, the only true currency is trust. The project stems from UnbeliEVAble’s first-look deal with Uni TV. UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector executive produce with Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein.
Produced by RCN Television, Pura Sangre (trailer below) ran for 126 episodes between 2007 and 2008 to strong ratings and award recognition. Written by Mauricio Navas, Conchita Ruiz and Tania Cardenas, it starred Marcela Mar and Rafael Novoa. Its international adaptations include a Mexican version by Televisa. In addition to Trust, CAA-repped UnbeliEVAble has a comedy at NBC inspired by sex therapist Laura Berman, and Longoria exec produces Lifetime’s Devious Maids. Katie Lovejoy, repped by CAA and Bob Myman, came out of the USC screenwriting program after winning the Humanitas Prize’s Student Drama Fellowship for a House M.D. spec. She went on to pen a rewrite on Disney’s Prom and was the highest ranked woman writer on the 2010 Black List for her script The Arsonist’s Love Story. In TV, Lovejoy also sold a pitch to ABC to adapt the bestselling book series The Spellman Files with Greg Yaitanes and has The Quilted Giraffe at Bravo!
Eva Longoria, the actress best known for her racy Desperate Housewives character, has emerged as a political operator and Hispanic activist with Barack Obama’s ear after starring at the presidential inauguration.
She shot to fame as a sultry seductress in Desperate Housewives, is regularly featured on glossy magazine lists of “hottest women,” is producing a dating reality show in Los Angeles and has been romantically attached to top sports stars.
But Eva Longoria has now taken on new role — reinventing herself as a political activist on the national stage, a champion of immigration reform and Hispanic causes and a confidante of Barack and Michelle Obama.
During celebrations for the president’s second inauguration in Washington last weekend, the 37-year-old actress seemed ubiquitous among the wide-eyed celebrities that swirled around the first couple. Yet she is also playing an increasingly serious part in American public life: using her profile to push for greater recognition of the contribution made by the country’s largest minority, to culture, the economy and to politics.
Last night she was due to chair a question and answer session in Los Angeles with US Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic to sit on the United States Supreme Court – a woman who herself began life in a poor district of New York but clawed her way up through education and hard work to the highest court in the land.
Longoria is far from the first Hollywood celebrity to be attracted by the glamorous aspects of American politics. But she had earned her formal position as co-chair of President Obama’s inaugural committee – with a seat on the platform for his swearing in and an invitation to the private party at the White House after the public events – by her work during his election campaign.
She helped channel millions of dollars towards his campaign at fundraising parties and emerged as an articulate spokeswoman for the president on the stump.
Now she is campaigning to persuade Americans that the country’s current immigration laws need to be reformed, to make it easier for the children of illegal immigrants to become US citizens and to provide a pathway to citizenship for their parents – something which Mr Obama will be pushing for as part of a new package of legislation he has promised to unveil in the next few weeks.
Republicans have previously tried to block any such reform but, since Mr Obama won three quarters of the Latino vote at the election, are now considering how to reshape their own policies: a moment of opportunity,Longoria believes.
“I think the Republicans are going to realise, if they don’t do it because it’s morally imperative, they have to do it because it’s politically imperative,” she told an interviewer.
“And if they’re not going to do it because it’s politically imperative, they’ve got to do it because it’s economically imperative. So there’s a lot of gains for everybody, no matter what party affiliation, to get this done and to fix this problem.”
To underscore her point, last week she also helped host a brunch organised by The Daily Beast media group in Washington, attended by senior political figures from both sides of the political divide, aimed at increasing cooperation between Democrats and Republicans in policy making.
“There has never been a moment when bi-partisanship is more important,” she told the gathering of movers and shakers in US politics and media, co-hosted by Mark McKinnon, who was a communications strategist for President George W Bush.
“We all went through the bruising campaign together and we were all very loyal to our parties, to our candidates, but now it’s time to be loyal to America,” she added. “I think we can do that.”
It is not the former Texas beauty queen’s first foray into the arena of public policy. She helped set up the Futuro Fund, that has become a major national voice on Latino issues, and has employed a political and philanthropic consultant who has worked with the music stars Bono and Madonna to advise on her charitable foundation.
The emergence of the petite brunette as a skilled political operator reflects both her own personal interests and also the growing financial and electoral clout of the Hispanic community. And for Mr Obama and his fellow Democrats, the inauguration was a chance to solidify their standing with a key voting bloc.
At first glance, it is all quite a change of character for an actress best known as the raunchy Gaby in the Desperate Housewives television series – and whose love life is a staple of the gossip columns.
Indeed, just a week before her starring role at the inauguration, she was making very different headlines for a nipple-flashing “wardrobe malfunction” in a low-cut dress on the red carpet after the Golden Globes awards show.
She is divorced from Tyler Christopher, a soap opera actor, and Tony Parker, a basketball star, and recently dated Mark Sanchez, a dashing American football quarterback more than a decade her junior.
But Longoria had previously returned to university in Los Angeles to study American-Hispanic history, and emerged last summer she emerged on to a national political stage with an assured performance at the Democratic National Convention.
She tore up a draft speech sent by the campaign, complaining that it was “too much rah-rah and too little substance” and failed to convey why, from her own lower middle class background, she supported Mr Obama.
Instead, she produced one of the convention’s most quotable put-downs when she attacked the Republican candidate Mitt Romney for supporting tax cuts for the rich. “The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy’s flipping burgers — she needed a tax break,” she said. “But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not.”
The line brought a rousing ovation from the party faithful for an actress born in Texas to Mexican-American parents but who last year made an estimated $15 million from television and film and endorsements such as L’Oreal.
It subsequently emerged that, away from the cameras, she had played a key part in persuading Mr Obama to keep pushing for immigration reform despite opposition in Congress.
She admits that she is taking some professional risks with her support for the Democrats. “Half my movie tickets and my products are bought by Republicans,” she acknowledged recently.
She seemed to be addressing some of those concerns at the power brunch co-hosted with Mr McKinnon, the co-founder of No Labels, a grouping of Republicans, Democrats and independents established to pursue policy solutions across party lines.
“Eva is the real deal, very authentic,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. “Unlike a lot of Hollywood celebrities, her political activity is not just checking the box. She has blue collar roots, she’s passionate about issues and she does her homework.
“Eva recognises that hyper partisanship is poisoning the landscape, making problem solving more difficult, and that’s why she’s engaged in a discussion with No Labels.”
Now there is a growing clamour in Hispanic and Democrat circles for the self-described “political junkie” to run for office herself. Longoria is seeking to quell those calls — for now at least.
“I respect everything that politicians do,” she said. “I think it’s a very, very big job, but it’s not my day job.”
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