The Latina Behind ‘One Day At A Time’ Lands Historic, Eight-Figure Deal With Amazon
When “One Day At A Time” got canceled, people on social media lost their minds. The cancelation was hurtful, not just because we loved the show, but because we already have a lack of representation on television. Thankfully, now that “One Day At A Time” is back, we feel a bit more in the mix, but we still would like to see our people and our stories on the small screen. We do have at least one cheerleader who is changing the game. This talented person is putting our people and our stories at the forefront of Hollywood, where we belong.
Amazon Studios announced that they signed Gloria Calderón Kellett to a historic 3-year deal to create and develop TV series and films for the streaming network.
According to Deadline, Calderón Kellett signed a reported eight-figure deal making it the first time a Latina creator has gotten such a huge payday, and we’re so thrilled for her.
“I have been so blown away by the original series coming out of Amazon,” Calderón Kellett said in an interview with Deadline. “Their commitment to supporting creators, specifically women, has been next level. It’s clear they are committed to supporting outstanding, quality television. When I met the diverse Amazon Studios team of creative executives, I immediately felt a kinship and connection. I could see immediately that our values and ideals in creating quality programming for underrepresented voices was a shared passion. I am overjoyed to take my next creative steps with them.”
Calderón Kellett may not be a familiar face, but you have seen her work everywhere. She’s the co-creator, executive producer and co-showrunner for “One Day At A Time.”
One of the reasons why we love the authenticity of “One Day At A Time” is because it’s heartfelt storylines that touch on so many vital issues. Calderón Kellett, who is Cuban-American, has such an effortless and beautiful execution of words, which is why she has had so much deserving success in Hollywood.
“I’ve been wary of writing about my family because I love them, and they’re very precious to me,” Calderón Kellett said to NBC News in 2017. “I’d heard over the years friends saying to be careful writing your personal experience because you only get to do that once or twice if you’re lucky.”
Here are just some of the previous TV shows she has worked on.
The writer, who got her start as a playwright, landed her big break on “How I Met Your Mother.” She also worked on “Devious Maids” and impressively worked as an actress on “Jane the Virgin” and “United We Fall” among others.
“Gloria is an incredible storyteller, who has written and created series that are not only culturally relevant, but engaging, relatable, and hilarious,” Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios told Deadline. “We are all delighted that Gloria will join the Amazon Studios family and excited to see the new projects she’ll bring to our Prime Video customers around the world.”
We also adore her Instagram where she amplifies important causes vital to the Latino community.
Just last week, Calderón Kellett posted an image and caption crucial to Latinas. “Today is #LatinaEqualPay Day when Latinas’ catch up’ to what white, non-Hispanic men were paid in 2018,” she wrote. “The gap is widest for Latina workers, who on average earn only 54 cents for every $1 a man is paid. Meaning, they must work nearly two years to earn what white men earn in one year. This is unacceptable, and we need to act now. Latinas are phenomenal, and we deserve equal pay!” That post came just days before the Amazon announcement, so we’re thrilled that she is getting the pay rate she deserves.
Now that she has this incredible deal, we’re wondering (and very curious to know) what type of shows she’ll be creating.
Mrs. Calderón Kellett, if you’re reading this, here’s a story idea that we’d love to see on the small screen. A Latina journalist is tired of working at a small newspaper where she covers local beauty pageants and soccer games. One day she uncovers a big political scandal and lands her first cover story, but the real story isn’t over, which leads her to the steps of the White House. The show would involve politics, much-needed diversity in newsrooms, and of course, lots of Latinx drama and humor. What do you say??