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‘Those About to Die’ Producer AGC Studios Ups Lourdes Diaz to Partner, Board Member

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‘Those About to Die’ Producer AGC Studios Ups Lourdes Diaz to Partner, Board Member

AGC Studios chief creative officer Lourdes Diaz has signed a new multi-year employment agreement and has been elevated to partner with a seat on the board of the independent film and television studio.

The promotion comes on the back of founders Stuart Ford, chairman and CEO, and Miguel Palos, chief operating office, themselves signing new multi-year agreements late last year.

Since AGC launched in 2018, it has become one of Hollywood’s leading production and financing players, with 41 major film and TV productions under its belt.

In a statement, Ford and Palos said Diaz had been a “hugely influential contributor to the company’s explosive growth.”

They added: “Aside from building a highly respected scripted television operation, in her broader role as chief creative officer she has shaped key decisions on the feature film and unscripted sides of the company, helped kickstart our Family and YA division and has made us a very visible player in the Hispanic film and TV sector.”

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This year is shaping up to be AGC’s busiest yet. In July, Peacock will launch the studio’s $155 million 10-hour first season of ancient Rome gladiatorial epic “Those About to Die” from director Roland Emmerich.

AGC is also in post-production on Ron Howard’s psychological thriller feature “Eden,” starring Ana De Armas, Jude Law, Sydney Sweeney, Vanessa Kirby and Daniel Brühl, and Justin Kurzel’s white supremacist thriller “The Order,” starring Law, Nicholas Hoult and Tye Sheridan. Will Smith action thriller “Sugar Bandits” is in pre-production.

AGC-financed and produced features “Poolman,” from director Chris Pine, Richard Linklater’s “Hit Man,” starring Glen Powell and Adria Arjona, Anna Kendrick’s directorial debut “Woman of the Hour” and Brad Anderson’s crime thriller “The Silent Hour,” starring Joel Kinnaman and Mark Strong, will be released this year, along with season 2 of Amazon crime drama “Troppo,” starring Thomas Jane.

Other 2024 releases are Christian Ditter’s family comedy “The Present,” starring Greg Kinnear and Isla Fisher, eight-part espionage drama “Gray,” starring Patricia Clarkson, Lydia West and Rupert Everett, and feature documentary “Transition,” co-produced with Matthew Heineman’s Our Time Projects.

AGC Intl. is also a worldwide sales and distribution partner on Rupert Wyatt’s Arabian epic “Desert Warrior,” starring Anthony Mackie and Ben Kingsley, Matt Tyrenaur’s feature documentary biopic “Nobu,” upcoming Sylvester Stallone thriller “The Epiphany,” and Michelle Yeoh action thriller “The Mother.”

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Responding to news of her promotion, Diaz said that it had been “an incredibly rewarding experience” working at AGC, which she joined as head of television, later becoming chief creative officer.

She added: “The level of collaboration, trust, and creative fearlessness shown by Stuart and Miguel is unparalleled, and I’m excited to continue here as a partner and board member to continue building this studio as the go-to home for filmmaker-driven features and television in the independent market.”

Prior to joining AGC, Diaz served as president of entertainment for Univision Communications Inc., diversifying its entertainment content and working closely with Televisa, Netflix, Globo, Endemol and other partners. Prior to UCI, Diaz was head of global production and development at Viacom Intl., where she oversaw its development across all Comedy Central Intl. channels and was the executive producer on numerous international scripted and unscripted series and shows.

Before Comedy Central, Diaz was vice president, primetime programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios. She also served as executive producer for multiple NBC comedies and dramas, including “House,” “Parenthood” and “The Office.”

Prior to NBC, Diaz founded Agua Entertainment Group, specializing in film, television and new media, and was head of creative affairs for Green Moon Productions, a company formed and operated by Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.

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Diaz began her career as an agent at ICM, representing over 50 writers and directors.

Since its inception, AGC Studios has been backed by the same three key strategic investors: Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners; Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world; and leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur Greg Clark.

Ford was awarded Variety’s Billion Dollar Producer award last year and is also a member of Variety 500, which profiles the world’s most influential media and entertainment leaders.

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Peruvian psychologist Ana Estrada, who fought in courts for 'death with dignity,' has died by euthanasia

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Peruvian psychologist Ana Estrada, who fought in courts for 'death with dignity,' has died by euthanasia

A Peruvian psychologist who suffered from an incurable disease that weakened her muscles and had her confined to her bed for several years, died by euthanasia, her lawyer said Monday, becoming the first person in the country to obtain the right to die with medical assistance.

Ana Estrada fought for years in Peruvian courts for the right to die with dignity, and became a celebrity in the conservative country where euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal.

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In 2022 Estrada was granted an exception by the nation’s Supreme Court, which upheld a ruling by a lower court that gave Estrada the right to decide when to end her life, and said that those who helped her would not be punished. Estrada became the first person to obtain the right to die with medical assistance in Peru.

“Ana’s struggle for her right to die with dignity has helped to educate thousands of Peruvians about this right and the importance of defending it,” her lawyer, Josefina Miró Quesada, said in a statement. “Her struggle transcended our nation’s borders.”

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Ana Estrada, a Peruvian psychologist who is almost completely paralyzed by a terminal illness, gives an interview at her home in Lima, Peru, Dec. 18, 2019. Estrada, who was authorized in 2022 by Peru’s Supreme Court to receive euthanasia, has died, her lawyer said Monday, April 22, 2024.  (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Estrada, 47, suffered from polymyositis, a disease that wastes away muscles and has no cure.

She began to present the first symptoms as a teenager and started to use a wheelchair at the age of 20 because she had lost the strength to walk.

Despite these obstacles Estrada obtained a psychology degree and became a therapist. She earned enough money to buy her own apartment and became independent from her parents.

By 2017 however, Estrada’s condition worsened and she could no longer get up from her bed.

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She had difficulty breathing and survived pneumonia. And even though she could not type, Estrada used transcription software to produce a blog called “Ana for a death with dignity,” where she discussed her struggles and her decision to seek euthanasia.

“I am no longer free,” she said in an interview with the Associated Press in 2018. “I am not the same person I was before.”

With the help of Peru’s Human Rights Ombudsman, Estrada won a lawsuit that gave her the right to die with euthanasia. From her bed, she participated in court sessions through video conferences.

Estrada told judges in 2022 that she valued life, and did not want to die immediately, but wanted to have the freedom to decide when to end her life.

“I want to accede to euthanasia when I can no longer sustain suffering in life,” she said. “And when I decide to bid farewell to my loved ones in peace and with tranquility.”

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Only a handful of countries have legalized euthanasia, including Canada, Belgium and Spain. Some U.S. states including Maine and Oregon allow physician-assisted suicide, where a doctor provides a terminally ill patient with the means to end life.

Euthanasia is illegal in most Latin American countries, except for Colombia, which legalized it in 2015 and Ecuador, which decriminalized the practice in February.

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EU Parliament 'ready' for requests to lift MEPs' immunity in Russian influence probe, says Metsola

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The European Parliament is waiting for national authorities to provide intelligence that could lead to stripping MEPs’ of their immunity in the so-called Russiagate probe, President Roberta Metsola told Euronews in an interview on Monday.

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