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Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Starz's Vida protested for promoting gentrification -- after filming of a scene about gentrification
Source: Los Angeles Times
The Mexican-American Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, where the Starz Latinx series is set, has been at the forefront of battles over gentrification in recent years. Now Vida is being accused of promoting gentrification -- after filming a scene about the effects of gentrification last Thursday night. According to the Los Angeles Times, "the activist group Defend Boyle Heights sent a call-out — or 'HOOD ALERT!!!'— for a demonstration during the filming, claiming the production was taking advantage of the neighborhood. The group slammed the show, saying that it 'tastelessly exploits the anti-gentrification struggles of Boyle Heights' and that it stole images from activists." Producers say they are trying to honestly portray the debate about gentrification. But the anti-gentrification activists argue that the show is profiting off of those trying to stay in their homes as artists, hipsters and developers move in. They also Vida is making fun of their cause.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Looking alum Raúl Castillo boards Vida
He'll recur on Season 2 of the Starz series along with actor Adrian Gonzalez. Production on Season 2 begins on Monday.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
It's not surprising that Vida and One Day at a Time would be at the forefront of TV's response to the family separation crisis
"They, unlike the vast majority of television out there, have been doing the crucial work of humanizing Latinx stories all along," says Caroline Framke. "They, like their fundraising hashtag, have been showing how the political is so often personal, one life at a time. One Day at a Time has tackled a range of issues surrounding immigration, racism, and identity since day one...Vida takes a bit of a different tack, but no less personal."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 8:47PM EDT
Starz and dozens of shows donate to Vida and One Day at a Time's initiative to keep immigrant families together at the border
Starz announced its $10,000 donation as dozens of shows have joined the #OneVidaAtATime initiative, including Superstore, This Is Us, Blindspot, Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder. "TV writers stand against family separation. We all have a story to tell. This should not be one of them," read a statement posted by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom. "In solidarity, the writers of: One Day at a Time, Vida, Grey's Anatomy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Black-ish, The Goldbergs, Insecure, The Chi, You're the Worst, Jane the Virgin, The Originals, People of Earth, Liza on Demand, Ghosted, The Good Place, Single Parents, Roswell New Mexico, New Warriors, Whiskey Cavalier, Watchmen, Castle Rock, Good Trouble, Bob's Burgers, Life in Pieces, A Million Little Things, Little America, Suits, Grace & Frankie, please join in donating."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
A slew of shows join Vida and One Day at a Time's challenge to help immigrant families separated at the border
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Shows that took up the challenge to donate money to help children separated from their parents at the border include Arrow, iZombie, Fresh Off the Boat, The Handmaid's Tale, Queen of the South, Mayans MC, Charmed, On My Block, Mr. Iglesias and Fresh Off the Boat.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
One Day at a Time and Vida team to fight the separation of immigrant families at the border
The two Latino series are “teaming up to end family separation at the border,” One Day at a Time co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett tweeted, urging writer to donate "to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and funding for their release." Vida creator Tanya Saracho used the hashtag #OneVidaataTime and a photo of her "beautiful writers room" to urge other Latino series, Jane the Virgin and ABC's upcoming Grand Hotel, to join in their fight. The border separation controversy has become heated in recent days as TV producers like Modern Family's Steven Levitan and Judd Apatow have called out Fox News' slanted coverage on the immigration debate.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
Starz renews Vida for Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Vida has delivered on its promise of attracting a young, new Latinx audience to the Starz platform, as we had hoped it would, and we are pleased to be able to announce a second season of the series,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “With these new episodes, (creator Tanya Saracho) and her team now have the opportunity to take audiences even deeper into the lives and community of the Hernandez sisters, and we look forward to bringing the next chapter of their story to life.”
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
How Vida filmed its "radical" lesbian sex scene
“It’s a radical act to put two brown bodies on the screen already, but to put two queer bodies having queer sex like this is a political act,” creator Tanya Saracho says of Episode 3 of her Starz series. “I knew, if we got it right, it was going to be really important because we don’t see this representation, this imagery, ever, really. I’m so proud of it.”
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
Starz posts Vida's premiere on the web
The Latinx drama's debut episode is available on a variety of platforms, including YouTube.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Vida tackles gentrification in a fresh, new way
The Starz drama about Mexican-American sisters that is staffed by a writers room of exclusively Latinx writers "doesn’t address gentrification through a single story line, episode, or a few lines of dialogue," says Jen Chaney, "it’s embedded in the premise of the whole series and in the identities of the characters it thoughtfully portrays." She adds: "Scripted TV has tackled the subject of gentrification a lot in the recent past. Search Party, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, She’s Gotta Have It, Girls, the web series The North Pole, BoJack Horseman, The Last O.G., High Maintenance: In ways large and small, all of these shows and others have shed light on what the transformation of American cities (mostly New York and L.A.) looks like, from the perspective of the young people doing the gentrifying and the neighborhood old-timers watching their communities get whited out. But even in this environment, the new Starz series Vida feels like something new."
- Vida has a so-so family tale, but it delves effortlessly into the compelling drama of gentrification
- Vida is able to able to avoid centering its stories of otherness, migration, and gentrification on whiteness
- Vida gives short shrift to issues that trouble Mexican-American culture
- Starz approached creator Tanya Saracho with the basic idea for Vida: "They wanted a female millennial show about gentefication, which is the gentrification of a Latinx space"
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Starz aims to attract Latino viewers with drama Vida
The half-hour drama series will focus on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles.