Variety has learned that Longoria, who has two other films lined up as director at Searchlight and Universal, is also producing the project with her partner Ben Spector at their banner UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Greg Silverman and Jon Berg are also producing for Stampede Ventures, with Jp Sarni as associate producer.
“Telenovela” creators Christine Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein wrote the script from an original idea. Longoria, who just signed with WME, will pull double duty in front of and behind the camera.
While Longoria shot to fame on ABC’s primetime hit “Desperate Housewives,” the multi-hyphenate has a deep resume as producer and director in the TV space, with credits on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Versus,” as well as episodes of “Black-ish,” “The Mick,” “Telenovela” and “Devious Maids.”