Univision, Netflix Team Up For Fiction Series 'Tijuana' About Violence Towards Journalists

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A new Spanish fiction series will hit Univision and Netflix. "Tijuana," will tell the story of what journalists face every day around the world. Photo: Getty Images

Cartel assassins pissed about journalistic coverage; corrupt public officials who want to silence their acts; and much more can be a reason to kill a journalist. Mexico ranks third in the world for the number of journalists killed, after Syria and Afghanistan, according to media rights group Reporters Without Borders. "Tijuana," the new Spanish fiction series co-produced by Fusion Media Group and Netflix, will will tell the story of how violence is targeting reporters. The series will begin production in March 2018. Its premiere in the United States will be through Univision, and Netflix will be in charge of the world premiere.

When the Presidential Candidate who heads the polls is killed, the Tijuana Weekly reporters take action to cover the news that have paralyzed the country. Soon they will discover that after the homicide, there is a huge clandestine network of corruption and power, and that they will have to risk their lives in order to bring the truth to light. Daniel Posada (El Chapo) is the show runner of the series and Zayre Ferrer the creator. 

El Chapo was the first Netflix co-production with Story House by FMG Studios. The first season premiered on Univision in April 2017 and internationally on Netflix in June 2017. Since its premiere on Netflix, El Chapo has become one of the most watched titles in series marathons in Mexico. The second season helped make Univision the favorite destination for Hispanic viewers in the United States on Sunday night in 2017, and recently debuted on Netflix internationally.

"Tijuana is important because this is a crucial time to talk about what journalists face every day around the world, particularly in Mexico, in their search for the truth," said Camila Jiménez Villa, president and CEO of FMG Studios. "This expansion of our relationship with Netflix confirms the value of the content we are producing, we will invest more in production, and by 2020 we plan to have more than 200 hours of programming in English and Spanish, and we will continue to bet on new creators that really represent a broad spectrum of stories, characters and experiences, with particular attention to show runners, women writers and multicultural directors.”

In addition to "Tijuana" and with the collaboration of the television network Fusion TV, Fusion Media Group and Netflix will co-produce two other fiction series in Spanish as well as two documentary series in English with the cable channel FUSION.

According to The New York Times, "in Mexico, it’s easy to kill a journalist." The Mexican state of Veracruz "is the most dangerous place to be a reporter in the entire Western Hemisphere. "We have lived in this hell for some time now," said Octavio Bravo, a journalist who lost a a colleague gunned down. "You can’t imagine the frustration, the impotence we are feeling."

As reported by the newspaper, at least 104 journalists have been murdered in Mexico since 2000, while 25 others have disappeared, presumed dead. In 2016 alone, 11 Mexican journalists were killed.

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.