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'The Voice' Producer Mark Burnett To Create U.S. Version Of Mexican Lucha Libre

  • CARSON, CA - JUNE 16:  Lucha Libre wrestler Playboy gets Amaizing Junior in a leg hold prior to the MLS match between Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on June 16, 2012 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    CARSON, CA - JUNE 16: Lucha Libre wrestler Playboy gets Amaizing Junior in a leg hold prior to the MLS match between Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on June 16, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)  (2012 Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Luchadores perform at the Lucha Vavoom Noche de los Salvajes! Halloween show at the Mayan Theater on October 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Lucha Vavoom mixes elements of theatrical good-versus-evil Mexican masked wrestling, known as Lucha Libre, with American burlesque and comedy, and attracts a cult following in southern California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Luchadores perform at the Lucha Vavoom Noche de los Salvajes! Halloween show at the Mayan Theater on October 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Lucha Vavoom mixes elements of theatrical good-versus-evil Mexican masked wrestling, known as Lucha Libre, with American burlesque and comedy, and attracts a cult following in southern California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

Prolific TV producer Mark Burnett has a new venture. He's helping to launch an American version of the popular lucha libre wrestling league from Mexico.

Burnett said Sunday that he is becoming a partner with Lucha Libre AAA to create the American league, and it will be shown on the brand-new El Rey television network started by film director Robert Rodriguez, which is aimed at English-speaking Latino households.

Burnett is known as the behind-the-scenes visionary behind "Survivor," ''The Voice" and "The Bible." He said he loves the story lines of good versus evil in lucha libre, a combination of scripted entertainment and sports action.

The new American league is expected to begin later this year.

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