Mexico drug lord demands payment from U.S. networks
Mexico City – — A lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman said Wednesday that he will sue television networks if they air a new series on the imprisoned Mexican drug lord’s life without paying him.
Netflix and Univision announced on May 17 that they will co-produce the drama series “El Chapo,” set to air in 2017. The announcement used only the nickname “El Chapo,” and said the series is “based on the life story of one of the world’s most notorious criminals.”
Lawyer Andres Granados told the Associated Press the two networks have to pay for the right to use Guzman’s name and nickname, which can be translated as “Shorty.”
Granados said that at the right price, Guzman “could supply more information to make it a better project for them.”
“If they air this, they are immediately going to be sued,” Granados said. “They, by necessity, need the authorization of Mr. Guzman, because he is not dead.”
A spokesman for Univision’s Fusion unit said the company had no comment on the issue. Netflix did not respond to requests for comment.
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