Lucha Underground will be seeing some changes in the near future as El Rey announces Dorian Roldán Peña as the new GM of Lucha Libre FMV. Lucha Libre FMV LLC owns the intellectual property of Lucha Underground and Lucha Libre AAA outside of Mexico. This is a big promotion for Roldán Peña as he will now oversee live events, talent relations, sponsorships, merchandising and licensing, etc for Lucha Libre FMV LLC which includes Lucha Underground. He currently is serving as EVP of Lucha Libre AAA which currently is the most dominant promotion in Mexico.
The continued integration of Lucha Libre AAA into the fabric of Lucha Underground will only bolster the growing promotion's power here in the US. It is an interesting time for Lucha Underground and we'll have to see if Mr. Pena is able to take Lucha Underground to the next level and make it a competitor or at minimum a more viable alternative to the current U.S. wrestling promotions.
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DORIAN ROLDÁN PEÑA NAMED GENERAL MANAGER
LUCHA LIBRE FMV
Los Angeles – January 19, 2017 – Dorian Roldán Peña has been named General Manager of Lucha Libre FMV, it was announced today. In this role, Roldán Peña will oversee the day to day operations of Lucha Libre FMV LLC, which owns the Intellectual Property of Lucha Underground worldwide and the Intellectual Property of Lucha Libre AAA outside of Mexico. His responsibilities include oversight of live events, talent relations, sponsorships, merchandising and licensing, etc. He will also continue on in his current role as the EVP, Enterprise Development for Lucha Libre AAA. He will report to the members of Lucha Libre FMV, LLC.
Lucha Libre FMV, LLC is a joint venture among FactoryMade Ventures, Lucha Libre AAA, Robert Rodriguez and MGM Television Group. Lucha Underground airs Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm ET on El Rey Network and is available on iTunes. The series also airs in Canada, Japan, France, and Pan-Asia.
Roldán Peña is currently EVP of Lucha Libre AAA, a business founded and built by his family to become the dominant league in Mexico with over 85% market share in television, live events, sponsorship, merchandise, video games, cause-related marketing events and more. He is also co-owner and founder of PAP Enterprises LLC (Investment Firm dedicated to promoting Hispanic-focused business in the USA) and Lucha Libre FMV, LLC. He is an Attorney-at-law and a business developer for “Promociones Antonio Peña”, a Mexican company dedicated to the sports entertainment and the owner of the Intellectual Property of the AAA League of Lucha Libre in Mexico. Roldán Peña has a law degree from the Autonomouse Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). He was named in the Top 20 Innovators of the Year by SportBusiness International in 2014 and was among the Top 7 Executives in Sports in Mexico by Expansion.
Ancient tradition, extraordinary athleticism, and a flare for theatrics combine in El Rey Network’s wrestling series, “Lucha Underground”. This riveting original series, currently in its third season, introduces American audiences to the high-flying aerial maneuvers, slingshot moves, dramatic masks, intricate, rapid-fire combinations and distinctive wrestling techniques of lucha libre, one of Mexico’s most popular sports. Fans have a ringside seat as masked villains and heroes face off to battle for wrestling supremacy. The weekly series provides enthusiastic viewers with an incredibly visceral and explosive experience with a focus on the artistry, originality, intense action and over-the-top characters that have come to define this phenomenal fan-favorite. A celebration of lucha libre’s long-standing Mesoamerican heritage and culture dating back to 1863, this is programming that must be seen to be believed.
“Lucha Underground” is produced by MGM Television in association with FactoryMade Ventures for El Rey Network. Executive producers are Mark Burnett and Eric Van Wagenen (also showrunner); Dorian Roldán Peña from Lucha Libre AAA; Alejandro Garcia and Antonio Cué Sánchez-Navarro; El Rey Network co-founder Robert Rodriguez; FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa and Skip Chaisson of Kick Punch Studios and El Rey Network. The series airs on El Rey Network and is distributed internationally by MGM.
About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” working and middle-class male viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy. Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett. El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
The series airs on El Rey Network and is distributed internationally by MGM
About MGM Television
MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and “The Hobbit” trilogy. Current scripted and unscripted multi-platform projects include “Fargo” (FX); “Vikings” (HISTORY); “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu); “Get Shorty” (EPIX); “The Voice” (NBC); “Survivor” (CBS); “Shark Tank” (ABC); “Beyond the Tank” (ABC); “The New Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC); “Teen Wolf” (MTV); “500 Questions” (ABC); “The People's Choice Awards” (CBS); Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (ABC); and “Lucha Underground” ( El Rey Network). Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated courtroom series “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court” is currently airing its fourth season. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide. For more information, visitwww.mgm.com.
About Lucha Libre AAA
Lucha Libre AAA is a media and entertainment company founded in 1992 by Antonio Pena Herrada and manages the IP of the “AAA” brand and another 250 characters in its league. The company produces Lucha Libre events globally including venues such as Palacio de los Deportes, Arena Monterrey, HP Pavilion, Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles Sports Arena and Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to working with sponsors such as Corona, Hershey's, Comex and Unilever, the league has released an animated movie and video game in the Mexican market. Lucha Libre AAA develops 5 hours of content per week that is aired on three television channels in Mexico: Galavision and Televisa Deportes Network.
About FactoryMade Ventures
FactoryMade is an incubator for entertainment businesses and was founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. The company builds IP-based franchises and production and distribution platforms by leveraging its strong ties to the Hollywood creative community and partnering with global brands and investors. Its ventures include El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with Robert Rodriguez and a joint venture with the leading Mexican wrestling league Lucha Libre AAA. In addition to working with corporate partners such as Telefonica and JCP, they previously spearheaded the creation of Hasbro's film business (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship) and television business (Hasbro TV Studios, the Hub Network with Discovery Communications), and developed retail's first integrated digital gaming and commerce platform with HSN (HSN Arcade).