EXCLUSIVE: The Roku Channel has set an Oct. 13 streaming premiere date in U.S. and Mexico for the new Greice Santo created music reality series Serenata de las Estrellas.
On Serenata de las Estrellas, deserving members of the community are surprised with a once-in-a-lifetime concert in unexpected locations by the biggest names in Latin music including Grammy winners Chiquis, Los Lobos and Ozomatli and rapstress Snow Tha Product. Watch a trailer below.
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Whether it’s a church fundraiser or taqueria, no place is off-limits for these pop-up performances, with real people, real stars and real surprises. The series is hosted by Julissa Bermudez and was shot in Los Angeles and Miami.
Serenata de las Estrellas started as a kind gesture by Santo to her friend, Giuliana Feltscher, wife of LA Galaxy soccer star Rolf Feltscher, whose father died in an Italian hospital after a three-month battle with Covid. Santo brought in legendary Italian singer and producer Tony Renis to perform the ballad “Quando Quando Quando” to Giuliana Feltscher over zoom. The song meant the world to Feltscher because her father sang it to her as a child. The serenade, which was recorded and went viral around the world in a Daily Mail post, showed Giuliana Feltscher breaking down in tears upon hearing Renis’ performance. With the video receiving global media attention, Santo was approached by producers to create a reality music series.
David Eilenberg, Roku’s Head of Content, has been a longtime champion of the series ever since the story went viral over three years ago, we hear.
In the first episode of Serenata de las Estrellas, a dedicated church janitor receives a surprise performance by “La Bamba” band Los Lobos. In another episode, Chiquis, who is moved to learn about a daughter’s dedication to her hard-working mother, surprises them both with the Mariachi Divas for a serenade.
In addition to Santo creating and serving as EP, Serenata de las Estrellas was produced by Den of Thieves, and Trebina Music. Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Jared Morell, and Jordan Barrow for Den of Thieves, serve as EPs. Gil Lopez serves as EP and showrunner.
Santo’s credits include the female empowerment pop single “Você Você” with 17x Grammy-winning producer Humberto Gatica — who has worked with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and others — as well as the single “Trankila.”
As an activist, Santo has the initiative Glam With Greice, which has inspired and helped bullied and battered women with free makeovers, new fashion outfits and concert tickets.
Her TV credits include playing Blanca on the Emmy-nominated Jane the Virgin, along with New Girl, The Odd Couple, One Day at Time and Games People Play and the Jason Statham action feature film Wild Card. She is repped by UTA.
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