MARGINAL MEDIAWORKS EXPANDS TELEVISION WITH “HUMMINGBIRD” AT AMAZON STUDIOS
The hour-long genre series marks the company’s first appearance in the episode series. Project developed with Emmy Winning documentary filmmaker Rudy Valdez
Marginal MediaWorks founder and CEO Sanjay Sharma today announced the company’s official expansion to premium script series with “Hummingbird,” a one-hour LatinX genre series. In a bidding situation, the series was sold to Amazon Studios.
“Hummingbird” was developed by the Primetime Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Rudy Valdez in close collaboration with Sharma and the writer Marcella Ochoa, with whom MARGINAL also worked on the recently announced Blumhouse & Amazon film project “Madres”. Ochoa will write the pilot directed by Valdez. Sharma, Valdez & Ochoa will also serve as executive producers on the series. The show is a Stephen King-style American Gothic from the perspective of a Midwestern Mexican-American family whose quest for the American dream finds them haunted by something far more sinister. The series concept is loosely inspired by Valdez’s life.
“We are thrilled to be immersed in what is known as Mexican Americana – a story about a family drawn to the American dream only to be haunted by it,” said Sharma. “With Rudy & Marcella, we’ve explored a first of its kind, importing elements of supernatural and psychological horror into what will ultimately be an ambitious American family drama that will fascinate audiences around the world.”
“I’ve spent my career building my voice in documentaries, but more importantly, telling the stories of underserved and marginalized communities by giving them agency and light,” said Valdez. “Marcella’s personal background, her growing work in space, and her keen sense of Mexican-American lore, coupled with Sanjay’s own immigrant background and story development experience, made us the perfect trio to bring this vision to life.”
“I grew up loving horror, but never saw myself represented in the genre,” said Ochoa. “Our culture of taking the stories and oral traditions of our ancestors and working with a prolific filmmaker like Rudy to create a commercial, generally accessible, but culture-specific series was almost effortless. I am very happy to bring this vision to the world in series with MARGINAL, with whom I also made my second feature film. “
Rudy Valdez is one of the most important documentary filmmakers in the country. His breakout feature “The Satz” was on the New York Times list of the 20 most definitive LatinX films of the century. Valdez has active functions and series for all streamers. He directs a series for Disney + with Blumhouse at the Detroit Youth Choir, and his most recent series, We Are: The Brooklyn Saints, has received critical acclaim and is now being streamed on Netflix. Valdez was also awarded the Roger Ebert Prize for Documentary Film, is the winner of the Sundance Festival Audience Award and a nominee for the Critic’s Choice Award for best new director. “Kolibri” marks his entry into storytelling.
Marcella Ochoa recently co-wrote the LatinX feature film “Madres” for MARGINAL, Blumhouse and Amazon. Ochoa is currently writing a supernatural thriller for Paramount Players. She previously wrote and directed an award-winning short film about my family in South Texas, “My Name Is Maria de Jesus,” which premiered on HBO Latino. “Kolibri” marks her entry into script television.
MARGINAL quickly gained a foothold in the feature film, his first project premiered on TIFF and his second selected for Tribeca 2021. For the past two years the company has produced and implemented features for streamers and large studios. “Hummingbird” is the first script series in the company’s growing list of episodic projects in fiction, nonfiction, and animation – all from a diverse new breed of storytellers for the US and global markets.
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