A new Emmy season of my Deadline video series Behind the Lens kicks off today in style with Tanya Saracho, the creator-showrunner of the Starz series Vida, as my guest. Saracho’s success is part of a new mini-trend we are seeing in Emmy contenders this season, with diverse creative forces finally coming to the party in a new way, telling stories from the Latinx world, the LGBTQ community and more that have not been represented in a big way on major network and cable outlets but are now seeing not only the opportunity but also real success.
In coming weeks Behind the Lens will also be featuring the creators of shows like FX’s breakout Pose (Steven Canals) and another Starz series making waves called Now Apolcalypse (Gregg Araki). It is encouraging to say the least, and I think you will agree when you see this lively conversation with Saracho, an accomplished Chicago playwright who came to Hollywood and was given the opportunity to bring her own background to the foreground in the acclaimed Latinx series, which has shot two seasons and is hopefully going for many more.
As she explains she was often the only woman of color in many writers rooms when she first got to Los Angeles, and in fact was often the only woman. Now as the boss of her own show, she is providing chances for those who never got it before, and with creators like Saracho the color of the TV industry may just be changing for good. She talks about the battles she has had to fight to bring these very personal yet universal stories to life, her own inspiring story, and why she is just on the cusp of doing even greater things.
Check out our conversation in the video above. To see past episodes of Behind the Lens, click here.
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