Starz Greenlights Latino Pilot "Vida"
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NALIP is excited to see studios and networks invest in Latino narratives and talent on and behind the camera. Most recently, Starz in an effort to include diverse stories and program for "underserved audiences" has greenlit the series "Vida". The half-hour drama series focusing on "two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other", include Latino talent, writers, show runners and directors. According to Deadline, Veronica Osorio (Hail, Caesar! and The Carmichael Show) and Melissa Barrera (Club de Cuervos and La Mujer de Judas) will star, while Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away With Murder, Looking, Girls) will serve as showrunner with Alonso Ruizpalacios (Gueros, Verde) directing the first episode.
“Tanya explores identity, culture, gender and sexuality through the lens of a Latinix family and their community. It’s a deeply personal and relatable series about coming back home and finally growing up,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, he continued, “Vida reflects the intersecting worlds of Latin and American descendants of all genders and sexualities and speaks to the heart of Starz’s programming commitment to present compelling stories for traditionally underserved audiences. We are very proud to work with Tanya and help bring her vision to life.”
Big Beach TV will produce the series with Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf and Robin Schwartz executive producing. Lionsgate will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights. We look forward to see the series come to life, in what looks to be the next big hit!