Instructions Not Included director Eugenio Derbez has struck an exclusive first-look deal with that film’s distributor Pantelion Films.

Derbez and his new 3Pas Studios, the partnership he formed with former Pantelion president of production Benjamin Odell, will focus on Spanish and English-language films targeted at Latino and crossover audiences in the US.

“We are thrilled to take our longstanding relationship with Eugenio to the next level,” said Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger. “He is a true auteur in every sense of the word, and he has an amazing ability to tap into the shared passions of Latino and American audiences.”

“One of the keys to Pantelion’s continued successful evolution is the roster of cross-cultural A-list stars it is assembling,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “Nobody is better able to deliver films reflecting the universal themes that will continue to build Pantelion‘s brand and audience than Eugenio Derbez, an incredible talent who has already generated tremendous momentum for the label with the success of Instructions Not Included.

Derbez added: “Pantelion and Televisa can reach my core fan base better than anyone and, with the distribution expertise and brand recognition of Lionsgate, I know we can build on the crossover audience that we began to reach with Instructions. I’m very happy to continue my relationship with all of them.”

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