Starz greenlights drama series Vida, from showrunner Tanya Saracho
Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht announced today that the development project Vida (formerly titled “Pour Vida”) has been greenlit to series.
Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, Girls) will serve as showrunner with Alonso Ruizpalacios (Gueros, Verde) directing the first episode. Big Beach TV will produce the series with executive producers Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf and Robin Schwartz. Lionsgate will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights, including broadcast, home entertainment and digital for the series.
Vida is a 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. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.
“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 Albrecht. “‘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.”
Veronica Osorio (Hail, Caesar!, The Carmichael Show, Girlboss) has been cast in the role of Emma; and Melissa Barrera (Club de Cuervos, La Mujer de Judas) will play her sister, Lyn.
Senior Vice President of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Manager of Original Programming Kathleen Clifford are the Starz executives in charge of Vida.
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