Netflix-Univision 'El Chapo' Drama to Debut in April

El Chapo, a scripted drama based on the life of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, will debut on Univision in April, the network said.

The series is the first co-production between the broadcaster's Univision Story House production unit and OTT service Netflix. The series will be available on Netflix following its broadcast premiere.

Guzman -- who after being captured by Mexican authorities in 2014, escaped from a maximum security Mexican prison in 2015 and was recaptured nearly six months later -- is currently awaiting trial in New York.

The series combines "world-class reporting and insights from Univision News’ investigative team with an outstanding team of talented storytellers and producers,” said Camila Jiménez Villa, who oversees Univision Story House as president and chief content officer of Fusion Media Group.


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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.