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[09/13/17 - 01:00 PM]
Starz Greenlights Original Series "Vida" from Showrunner Tanya Saracho
"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.

[via press release from Starz]

STARZ GREENLIGHTS ORIGINAL SERIES "VIDA" FROM SHOWRUNNER TANYA SARACHO

Veronica Osorio and Melissa Barrera Cast in Lead Roles with Alonso Ruizpalacios Directing First Episode

Lionsgate Retains all Domestic and International Rights

Beverly Hills, Calif. - September 13, 2017 - 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 (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) 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.

Veronica Osorio is a Venezuelan improviser and actress who moved to New York City to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2008. She has since relocated to Los Angeles and starred in the Coen Bros feature Hail, Caesar!, the upcoming Soderbergh project "Mosaic," and several television projects including a guest star role on NBC's "The Carmichael Show" and Netflix's "Girlboss." She also co-created and stars in the Broadway Video digital series "Diego + Valentina" with Julio Torres. Osorio co-hosts the new podcast with Alice Wetterlund, "Treks and the City," an episode by episode dissection of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from a feminist perspective.

Melissa Barrera can be seen in the upcoming third season of "Club de Cuervos" on Netflix. She started her career in Mexico in the popular singing reality show "La Academia." After the success of "La Academia," Barrera went on to star in the TV Azteca soap operas "La Mujer de Judas" and "La Otra Cara del Alma" after which she landed her first leading role in the renowned "Siempre Tuya Acapulco" and consequently "Tanto Amor." Her musical theater training at New York University allowed her to land the leading roles in "Spring Awakening," "Young Frankenstein," and the Spanish pop-rock musical "Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar" at the Teatro Aldama in Mexico City. Her past film credits include Manual de Principiantes para ser Presidente and El Hotel. She leads in Prima and Sac�dete Las Penas, which premiere in 2018.

Currently based in Mexico City, director Alonso Ruizpalacios is a graduate of the London School of Dramatic Arts. Alonso is in post-production on his new film Museo which stars Gael Garcia Bernal. He is also currently in production on the new Gael Garcia Bernal series "Aqui en La Tierra" for Fox International. His feature film Gueros swept the 2015 Ariels (Mexican Oscars(R)) - winning Best Picture, Best First Feature, and Best Direction. The film is also the recipient of the Golden Tomato Award for Best Reviewed Film of 2015.

Senior Vice President of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Manager of Original Programming Kathleen Clifford are the Starz executives in charge of "Vida."

About Starz

Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.

About Big Beach

Founded in 2004 by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf, Big Beach produces and finances independent films, television and theater. In the decade since the company's founding Big Beach has produced over a dozen acclaimed independent films including Academy Award nominated Little Miss Sunshine, Everything Is Illuminated adapted from the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Jesse Peretz's Our Idiot Brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed and Jordan Vogt-Roberts The Kings Of Summer. Most recent films include About Ray starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon, and Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols. Loving follows Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple behind the seminal 1967 civil rights case, Loving vs. Virginia.





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