How First-Time Showrunner Tanya Saracho Got Her Queer Latinx Series Greenlit by Starz

Hoping to bring in a larger Latino viewership, Starz will premiere Vida, a new half-hour, LGBTQ Latina drama series, this spring. The show follows two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), who return to their old neighborhood on the Eastside of Los Angeles and are forced to confront their mother’s shocking past.

The series is created by TV writer, producer and playwright Tanya Saracho, who wrote for four shows prior to Vida: Devious Maids, Looking, Girls, and How to Get Away with Murder. She broke into the entertainment industry in 2000 when she co-founded an all-Latina theater group while she was a college student in Chicago. Last year during a panel for the Television Critics Association, Saracho described Vida as a TV series coming from a “female brown queer perspective.”

During a panel discussion organized by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, the women of Vida – showrunner Saracho, actresses Prada, Barrera and Chelsea Rendon, and writer Nancy Mejía – sat down to talk about the new series and how the stars aligned to get the show on the air. Here are some highlights of their discussion.

Written by Kiko Martinez, read full article at Remezcla.

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