VH1 IS IN SEARCH OF AMERICA'S "NUMERO UNO TELENOVELA STAR"
"¡VIVA HOLLYWOOD!" PREMIERING SPRING 2008 CHALLENGES TWELVE ASPIRING TELENOVELA STARS TO BRING THE HOT, STEAMY AND HIGHLY EMOTIONAL WORLD OF TELENOVELAS TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC
Hosted By Maria Conchita Alonso And Carlos Ponce
New York, NY, December 7, 2007 - Latin Telenovela stars are so hot, so sexy, so extreme -- and so emotional. Thanks to VH1, American viewers will get their first taste of how addicting these shows and stars truly are. This spring, VH1 is in search of America's "numero uno telenovela star" and will chronicle the journey to stardom in its newest original series, "¡Viva Hollywood!" premiering Spring 2008.
The "¡Viva Hollywood!" cast of aspiring Latino and Latina telenovela stars will move into the "Casa De Locos" where they must master the "7 Deadly Sins of Telenovelas": passion, lust, charisma, drama, fire, seduction and scandal. The "sins" are disciplines each cast member must learn in order to capture the over-the-top style and flair of a true telenovela star and impress the celebrity judges: the award-winning actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso and accomplished actor singer/song-writer Carlos Ponce. International celebrity astrologer and Latino legend, Walter Mercado, will appear in each episode to give the contestants guidance on their journey and alert the cast of their upcoming challenges. Daisy Fuentes, Angelica Vale, Charo, Christian De La Fuentes, Lorena Rojas, Maria Celeste Arraras and Perez Hilton have signed on as celebrity guest judges that will assist in determining who gets to stay and who will need to go. Each week contestants up for elimination discover their fate by watching their own over the top telenovela death scenes. Ay Dios Mio!
In the end, only one of the twelve bi-lingual contestants will have what it takes to win the coveted title of America's "Numero Uno Telenovela Star," and a prize package that includes a contract with Telemundo and a breakout role in one of their upcoming telenovelas, representation from artist management company Latin World Entertainment and a cash grand prize of $100,000.
"Viva Hollywood" is executive produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Danny Salles for World of Wonder Productions. Also serving as executive producers are Luis Balaguer for Latin World Entertainment and Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, Jenn Levy, Alex Demyanenko and Michael Hirschorn for VH1.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.
Based in both Los Angeles and London, World of Wonder is best known for award-winning films and documentaries "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," "Party Monster" as well as the television series "What Perez Sez" (VH1), "Tori & Dean: Inn Love" (Oxygen), and "The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman" (IFC). World of Wonder is also a pioneer in on-line television with its own IPTV site http://www.wowtv.tv
More information on WOW's exciting development slate can be found on their daily pop culture blog www.worldofwonder.net