Franco Escamilla Signs On to Host Endemol Shine Boomdog's Adaptation of "LEGO® Masters" for Latin America
Hit Comedian and TV Personality To Lead First Spanish-Language Version of Unscripted Global Phenomenon
(May 19, 2020) - Endemol Shine Boomdog, a division of Endemol Shine North America, has signed breakout comedian and TV personality Franco Escamilla to host the first Spanish-language adaptation of hit unscripted series LEGO® Masters, it was announced today by Alejandro Rincon, CEO Endemol Shine Boomdog.
Escamilla, one of the top comedians in Latin America and host of his own series “The Franco Escamilla Show,” just wrapped a sold-out comedy tour across North America. Endemol Shine Boomdog is currently developing the Spanish-language version of LEGO Masters that will be produced in Mexico City.
“We knew exactly who we wanted to host ‘LEGO Masters’ and we were fortunate that Franco was a big fan of the show and wanted to join in on the fun, as well,” said Rincon. “His comedy style and unabashed sarcasm perfectly match the tone of this family-friendly series that has quickly become a global phenomenon.”
Escamilla stated, "I have always been a lover of LEGO bricks. I like to build them alone, but now I really enjoy doing it with my family. When I heard about this series, I was extremely excited to have been chosen to be the presenter. From the small sculptures to the most gigantic ones, they really challenge me. And now joining the Latin American production, which will be a program for the entire family to enjoy, in which competition and comedy are added, is an honor."
Escamilla, better known as “The Master of Sarcasm," is a Mexican-born musician, comedian and conductor. Known for his live comedy shows, Escamilla has performed worldwide, with performances on five continents, in far-reaching locales such as Alaska, Qatar, Hawaii, Tokyo, London, Australia, among others. He has sold out four times the National Auditorium in Mexico City, and his most recent achievement was at the beginning of the year, when he performed a sold-out show at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
LEGO Masters is one of the fastest growing TV formats in the world and has been adapted in seven other global territories, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and The Netherlands. Endemol Shine North America launched LEGO Masters on FOX in February, where it recently ended its first season as the #1 new series launch in the U.S., attracting more than 36 million unique viewers. The format made its debut in both The Netherlands and Belgium last month and also just kicked off its second season in Australia, where it was the most successful entertainment premiere of 2020.
LEGO MASTERS pits enthusiasts in a competition that starts with a single LEGO brick and infinite possibilities and concludes with mind-blowing builds that will surely both inspire legions of loyal LEGO followers and capture the imagination of new fans.
LEGO Masters was originally created by Tuesday’s Child Productions and The LEGO Group and Endemol Shine Group are the exclusive distributor of the format and all finished tape globally.
Endemol Shine Boomdog currently produces such hit series as Chumel Con Chumel (HBO), MasterChef Latino (Telemundo), MasterChef Mexico (Azteca), Mira Quien Baila (Televisa/Univision), Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Netflix), LOL (Amazon) and Me Caigo de Risa (Televisa). Earlier this year, Endemol Shine Boomdog announced it had signed a bounty of top comedic talent and was developing a slate of original new scripted and unscripted comedy series. The studio signed award-winning actors/comedians Fran Hevia (Se Rentan Cuartos), Alex Fernandez (LOL), Michelle Rodriguez (LOL, Me Caigo de Risa), Ricardo O’Farrill (LOL) and El Diablito (Se Busca Comediante, LOL).
Endemol Shine Boomdog also recently announced an unprecedented production and development deal with Televisa and the two sides teamed up for the record-breaking Mexican launch of the hit MBC series Quién es la Máscara (The Masked Singer) earlier this season. Late last year, Amazon Prime announced it had licensed the studio’s upcoming drama series Súbete a mi Moto, which is being produced alongside Somos Productions and Piñolywood Studios.
Last year, Latin superstar actress Kate del Castillo (La Reina del Sur) signed an overall deal with Endemol Shine Boomdog to develop, produce and star in original scripted and unscripted series with the studio. And the studio just signed a development and production deal with acclaimed producer Gaston Pavlovich and his Mexico City-based production company Fabrica de Cine.
Endemol Shine Boomdog and Endemol Shine North America are part of Endemol Shine Group, the world’s largest independent producer with 120 production labels across global markets.
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About Endemol Shine Boomdog
Endemol Shine Boomdog was formed in November 2017, when Endemol Shine North America merged its Spanish language division Endemol Shine Latino with Mexico City-based production company Boomdog. The newly combined studio, which has offices and production facilities in Mexico City, Miami and Los Angeles, is focused on developing and producing scripted and unscripted content for the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican TV markets. Endemol Shine Boomdog currently has numerous hit shows and projects in development across myriad networks/platforms including Netflix, Amazon, Televisa, Univision, Telemundo, Azteca, HBO, MTV, Comedy Central and more.