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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 16:00

Latino Drama 'Vida' Ordered to Series at Starz

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A year and a half after putting three Latino-themed projects in development, Starz is moving forward with one of them.

The premium cable network has handed out a series order to Vida(formerly Pour Vida) and tapped Veronica Osorio (The Carmichael Show, Girlboss) and Melissa Barrera (Club de Cuervos) to star.

Vida is a half-hour drama series revolving around two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more different or distanced from one another. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity. Osorio will play Emma, while Barrera will portray her sister, Lyn. The series is inspired by a Richard Villegas Jr. short story.

Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away With Murder, Looking, Girls) will serve as showrunner. Alonso Ruizpalacios (Gueros, Verde) will direct the pilot. Big Beach TV will produce the series with executive producers Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf (Everything Is Illuminated) and Robin Schwartz. Lionsgate will retain domestic and international multiplatform rights, including broadcast, home entertainment and digital for the series. Starz senior vp original programming Marta Fernandez and manager of original programming Kathleen Clifford will oversee for the cabler.

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