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Apple TV+ Orders World Surf League Series & Acapulco Starring Eugenio Derbez

Apple TV+ has ordered a new six-part documentary series from Box to Box Films and the World Surf League (WSL) that will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the aspirations, failures and accomplishments of the world’s best surfers as they battle for the WSL Title and struggle to remain on the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT).

Each episode will be a rich exploration of the characters who make up the 2021 WSL Men’s and Women’s CT, taking viewers on a journey to incredible surfing locations across the globe, starting in Hawaii on December 4, 2020.

Apple TV+ Orders World Surf League Series & Acapulco Starring Eugenio Derbez

The World Surf League docuseries will dive into different surfing cultures, as well as timely subjects tied to the sport including eco-conservation, sustainability and marine preservation.

The docuseries will be produced for Apple by Box to Box Films and in partnership with the WSL. Oscar and BAFTA Award winner James Gay-Rees (Exit Through the Gift Shop, Amy), BAFTA nominee Paul Martin (Formula 1: Drive to Survive), and Erik Logan (World Surf League) will executive produce on behalf of Box to Box Films.

The series will premiere alongside an expanding offering of unscripted series from award-winning storytellers on Apple TV+ including Greatness Code, a short-form unscripted series directed by Gotham Chopra and co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world.

Also on the service are Dear…, from Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler; Emmy Award-nominated docuseries Home; and upcoming documentary event series The Supermodels, from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard‘s Imagine Documentaries, to be directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple.

Apple TV+ has also announced a series order for Acapulco, a new Spanish- and English-language half-hour comedy series from creators Austin Winsberg (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist), Eduardo Cisneros (Instructions Not Included, Half Brothers) and Jason Shuman (Role Models, Half Brothers), with Eugenio Derbez (How to Be a Latin Lover, Instructions Not Included) attached to star and executive produce.

Gaz Alazraki (Nosotros Los Nobles, Club de Cuervos) will direct and executive produce the pilot.

Hailing from Lionsgate Television, the series is inspired by 3Pas Studios and Pantelion Films’ box office hit How to Be a Latin Lover and will be produced for Apple by Lionsgate Television, 3Pas Studios and The Tannenbaum Company.

Austin Winsberg will serve as showrunner and Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) will co-showrun alongside Winsberg.

In Acapulco, a young Mexican man’s dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime at the hottest resort in Acapulco. But he soon realizes the job is far more complicated than he ever imagined as all of his beliefs and morals start to be questioned.

The show takes place in 1984 with Eugenio Derbez narrating and playing the present-day version of the main character.

Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell serve as executive producers on behalf of 3Pas Studios, and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum will executive produce and Jason Wang co-executive produce on behalf of The Tannenbaum Company.

Austin Winsberg, Jason Shuman, Eduardo Cisneros and Chris Harris also serve as executive producers on the project.

Acapulco will join a growing offering of international Apple Originals, including Echo 3, a new action-thriller set entirely in South America and written by Academy Award-winning producer and writer Mark Boal; as well as new stories from the multi-Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning director, writer, producer, cinematographer and editor Alfonso Cuarón, who currently has an overall deal to develop television projects exclusively for Apple TV+ through his production company Esperanto Filmoj.

Upcoming international original series slated to premiere on Apple TV+ include Masters of the Air, a new limited drama series from Apple Studios and executive produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and Tom Hanks’ and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone; Slow Horses, an international espionage thriller starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman; and Pachinko, a drama series based on the acclaimed novel, written and executive produced by Soo Hugh.

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