mun2 Orders Bunim/Murray's BMP Latin MMA Competition Reality Series COMBATE AMERICAS
Bunim/Murray's BMP Latin, a Banijay Group company, and Combate Americas, the first Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise today announced that leading Hispanic cable network mun2 has ordered 10, one-hour episodes of Combate Americas. Combate Americas is the first Spanish language Mixed Martial Arts competition reality series created by Campbell McLaren, a co-founder of the UFC and the CEO of Combate Americas, and BMP Latin, the Hispanic division of Bunim/Murray Productions, and producers of The Real World, Project Runway and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The series is currently in production in Miami and will air in 2014.
Combate Americas will follow 10 professional Hispanic MMA fighters as they compete to win a coveted spot in the exciting new Combate Americas franchise. The series will be hosted by award-winning Latin music duo Chino & Nacho and MMA host/journalist Andrea Calle, Urban music superstar Daddy Yankee will serve as Combate Americas' first commissioner and Piolin, SiriusXM host of Piolin Radio channel 147, as the color commentator.
"mun2 is excited to continue to offer our viewers a look inside the sport of MMA," said Diana Mogollon, Executive Vice President & General Manager, mun2. "No one has followed the world of Hispanic fighters through the process of making it into an MMA franchise, and we're proud to be the first with this series from BMP Latin and Combate Americas. It's an exciting series, with amazing stories of the challenges, struggle and victories that each fighter has endured to make it into la Jaula (the Cage)."
"Mixed Martial Arts is wildly popular with Latino audiences. Through our partnership with Combate Americas, we will give viewers an honest behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to become the best. These fighters sacrifice everything for their sport, and we will be with them every step of the way," said Gil Goldschein, President of Bunim/Murray Productions.
"Combate Americas is the most exciting addition to MMA since the beginnings of the UFC 20 years ago. It was specifically created to present the best new Hispanic fighters and to introduce a whole new audience to this highly entertaining sport," said Campbell McLaren, CEO of Combate Americas.
Executive Producers include Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Gabriela Cocco-Sanchez, Julio Caro and Melissa Bidwell at BMP Latin; Campbell McLaren at Combate Americas; as well as Luisa Varona, Vice President, Programming, and Margie Moreno, Vice President, Programming & Development, at mun2.
Bunim/Murray Productions launched BMP Latin in January 2013 to focus on creating and producing unscripted and scripted programming for Hispanic audiences, specifically targeting the 18-34 demographic across multiple platforms as well as adapting Bunim/Murray Productions and Banijay Group unscripted formats for Spanish language and bilingual audiences in the US. BMP Latin is currently developing shows with Daddy Yankee, the multi-platinum Latin Urban recording artist, and the Leonardo Lopez family, a successful Mexican-American family living the dream in Encino, CA. BMP Latin is led by Julio Caro and Gabriela Cocco-Sanchez.
mun2 is the destination for young, Hispanic adults 18-34 and 18-49, providing authentic, vibrant Latino content for the fastest growing population group in the U.S. As the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, mun2 combines the best in reality, scripted, music and sports programming to reflect the diverse lifestyle and language of its audience. The networks' content can be found across multiple platforms, including its award winning mun2.tv site. With offices in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, the network is part of Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal.
About Banijay Group
The Banijay Group is a content creation company for television and multimedia platforms. It comprises a network of leading international production companies and is engaged in strategic partnerships with innovative creative talent around the world. Banijay formats and programming, as well as acquired third-party content, is sold around the world by its global distribution arm, Banijay International. The Group's model relies on pooling the expertise and potential of its production and distribution companies, reinforced by the central development unit, Creative Factory. Its goal is to become a leader in each of the territories it operates.
The Banijay Group companies currently include Banijay Productions France, H2O and Air Productions (France), DLO Producciones and Cuarzo (Spain), Brainpool (Germany), Nordisk Film TV (Denmark, Sweden, Norway), Respirator (Denmark), Ambra Multimedia (Italy), Banijay Productions Finland, Screentime (Australia, New Zealand, Ireland) and Bunim/Murray Productions (US). Banijay Group's lead shareholder is LOV Group, the family holding company of Stéphane Courbit, alongside Groupe Arnault, Ifil, DEA Capital and AMS Industries.
About Bunim/Murray Productions
Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (29 seasons for MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim/Murray's programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Total Divas (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Under the Gunn (Lifetime), The Ruckers: Southern Royals (WE tv) and Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen). Bunim/Murray Productions has also produced films, including Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science's Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.