Sundance Film Festival Top Audience Prize Winner Stars Eugenio Derbez
Film will be Released in US and Mexico Theaters October 20
International Sales Made by The Film Sales Company Include Altitude in the UK
LOS ANGELES – July 11, 2023 – Participant, the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that stands at the intersection of art and activism, announces a partnership with TelevisaUnivision’s Pantelion Films and 3Pas Studios on Radical. Starring Eugenio Derbez and written and directed by Chris Zalla, Radical is produced by Derbez and 3Pas CEO Ben Odell. The film will be released in US and Mexico theaters on October 20, and international sales have been made in several territories including the UK, Germany and Australia.
Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Radical received critical acclaim and the “Festival Favorite Award” from a field of 111 films.
The film, inspired by a Wired Magazine article by Joshua Davis, follows the 6th grade students at Jose Urbina Lopez Elementary in Matamoros, who are among the worst performing students in Mexico. The world they know is one of violence and hardship, and their school is a place of discipline, not possibility. Everything changes when teacher Sergio Juarez (Derbez) arrives with an outside the box approach. The film will be distributed in the US by Paul Presburger and Edward Allen’s Miercoles Entertainment on behalf of Pantelion Films.
“We are so excited to bring Radical to as wide an audience as possible, giving us the opportunity to share this powerful story with both Eugenio’s massive core audience as well as the specialty market. To reach these very different markets and audiences, we could not be more thrilled to bring together the team behind most of Eugenio’s box office successes, combined with Participant’s theatrical expertise and unsurpassed social impact engine,” stated Derbez’s partner Odell.
“Partnering up with 3Pas and Participant brings the best of all worlds to ensure Radical’s masterful narration, mesmerizing performances and profound story is available to inspire millions of people around the world. We are sure this film is going to resonate with audiences across borders and will continue to garner the attention and immense recognition of the industry this year,” shared Rodrigo Mazón, Chief Content Officer ViX at TelevisaUnivision.
“Children connect all of us, and Radical tells the beautifully inspiring story of a teacher who refused to accept that circumstances dictated what his students could achieve,” said Participant CEO David Linde. “Eugenio’s performance is amazing and we are proud to work with TelevisaUnivision’s Pantelion Films and 3Pas Studios to share this story with audiences.”
Radical stars Eugenio Derbez, Daniel Haddad and Jennifer Trejo; is directed and written by Christopher Zalla; produced by Ben Odell, Eugenio Derbez and Joshua Davis; and executive produced by Javier Williams, Josh Bearman, Avelino Rodriguez and Patricia Sanchez.
Participant’s impact work will offer audiences a bridge to participation, connecting Radical to the people and institutions transforming education, building off of campaigns over the past 10+ years within the education space through film and TV projects including Waiting for Superman, TEACH, He Named Me Malala, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and America to Me.
The deal was negotiated by Gabriel Brakin, COO; Rob Williams, Senior Vice President, Content Strategy; and Adam Macy, Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, for Participant; and Paul Presburger and Edward Allen of Miercoles on behalf of TelevisaUnivision and the filmmakers.
International sales are being handled by Andrew Herwitz’s The Film Sales Company. Sales include the UK (Altitude); Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Ascot Elite); Israel (Lev Cinema); and Australia and New Zealand (Madman).
TelevisaUnivision is the world’s leading Spanish-language media company. Powered by the largest library of owned Spanish-language content and a prolific production capability, TelevisaUnivision is the top producer of original content in Spanish across news, sports and entertainment verticals. This original content powers all of TelevisaUnivision’s platforms, which include market-leading broadcast networks Univision, Las Estrellas, Canal 5 and UniMás, and a portfolio of 38 cable networks, which include TUDN, Galavisión, Distrito Comedia and TL Novelas. The company also operates the leading Mexican movie studio, Videocine, and owns and operates the largest Spanish-language audio platform in the U.S. across 39 terrestrial stations and the Uforia digital platform. TelevisaUnivision is also the owner of ViX, the largest Spanish-language streaming platform in the world. For more information, please visit televisaunivision.com.
Founded in 2004 by Chairman Jeff Skoll and under the leadership of CEO David Linde, Participant (www.participant.com) is the leading global media company dedicated to content that unites art and activism to create positive change. Participant’s films have secured 86 Academy Award® nominations, including All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, a 2023 nominee for Best Documentary Feature, and 21 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight and Green Book; Best Documentary Feature for An Inconvenient Truth, CITIZENFOUR, The Cove and American Factory; and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Participant also has earned 44 Emmy® Award nominations and 11 wins, including two wins for the groundbreaking When They See Us.
A pioneer of socially conscious storytelling, Participant partners with key nonprofits and NGOs to drive real-world impact and awareness around today’s most vital issues on a global scale, and is the only major US entertainment company whose social and environmental impact has earned a B Corp Certification. Participant believes that diversity is a source of strength, that inclusion is essential to progress, and that equity is an imperative for impact. Follow Participant on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
3Pas Studios is a multiplatform global entertainment company co-founded by the award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer, Eugenio Derbez and award winning film and television producer, Ben Odell. 3Pas brings culturally-inspired stories to life through feature films, scripted and unscripted television, podcasts, digital, and more. With first-look English language deals at Lionsgate for features, ABC Signature for television and TelevisaUnivision for Spanish language content, 3Pas develops and produces English and Spanish language content for global audiences. 3Pas is behind box office hits such as “Overboard”, “How To Be A Latin Lover”, the Hulu hit “The Valet” and the TV series “Acapulco'' on Apple TV+, “De Viaje Con Los Derbez'' and the Spanish-language version of “LOL: Last One Laughing” on Amazon Prime. Most recently, 3pas Studios’ film “Radical” played opening night at the Sundance Film Festival and took home the audience favorite award across 111 feature films. 3Pas is headquartered in Los Angeles with hubs in Mexico City and Miami.