Backbeat: Juanes, Colombian Star, Gets TV Special On TR3s
Backbeat: Juanes, Colombian Star, Gets TV Special On TR3s

As Juanes prepares for the taping of his first ever MTV Unplugged set in Miami, presenting network Tr3s: MTV Música y Más, is in the midst of producing a behind-the-scenes that chronicles the singer/songwriter's history and rise to fame. The special is part of Tr3's "La Escalera" (The Ladder) series, launched last summer. The eight, one-hour specials are about "Latinos who have lived the American dream," says Diana Alemán, producer of TR3s: MTV, Música y Más.

"The idea is to show influential Latinos that through hard work and perseverance have made it in the U.S.," says producer/director Alex Mamlet, who flew from New York to Key Biscayne to shoot the Juanes special.

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The producers of "La Escalera" at their sudio-a suite at the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne. From the left, videographer Rodger Prehoda, producer/director Alex Mamlet, make-up artist Teresa Morgan, Tr3s producer Diana Alemán and sound engineer Gustavo Moller.

The first four episodes of La Escalera, which aired in 2011, featured Carlos Mencia, Ivy Queen, Tego Calderón and Perez Hilton.

With Hilton, says Mamlet, "we talked about the newer, softer Perez. In his view it was a response to the rash of teen suicides. So his new leaf was a response to that."

The next four Escalera shows will begin airing in March, and will feature Juanes, Wilmer Valderrama and astronaut José Hernández.

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The Juanes special includes interviews with Juanes, Jesus Lopez, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Penninsula, and Billboard's executive director of Latin content & programming, Leila Cobo.

Juanes' show will air in the U.S. March 6 at 7 p.m.

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Director Alex Mamlet lounges behind the scenes
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Juanes with a beard on the monitor at the taping of "La Escalera."