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The Latina Behind ‘One Day At A Time’ Lands Historic, Eight-Figure Deal With Amazon

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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??

READ: Pop TV Has Saved ‘One Day At A Time’ And This Is Not A Drill, Y’all

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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Netflix’s ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Reboot Is A Millennial Fan Girl’s Dream

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Netflix’s ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Reboot Is A Millennial Fan Girl’s Dream

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Get ready, mi gente! The Netflix version of “The Baby-Sitters Club” is about to totally shake up your views on reboots.

That’s right, Netflix has given the beloved series, based on the books of the 80s, a new makeover and it has all of the updates you have been begging for. Slightly edgier and loads more diverse, the new series features the same characters written by Ann M. Martin decades ago. This time however the series comes with twists that make the babysitters’ little fictional town of Stony Brook, Connecticut all the more exciting.

From Kristy and Mary Anne to Claudia, Stacey, and even Dawn the gang’s all here!

Check them out below!

Dawn Schafer

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Played by Xochitl Gomez (“Gentefied,” “You’re the Worst,” and “Raven’s Home”), Dawn is featured in the new series as Mary Anne’s new Latina friend who recently moved to Stoneybrook from Los Angeles. Dawn is the club’s alternate officer and an eco-conscious Latina who joins in a few episodes into the season. Speaking about her role as a character who had initially been blonde and blue-eyed in the books, Gomez told The Los Angeles Times that “it’s really important that there is representation for girls that look like me. When I was younger, I didn’t see many characters on TV shows that I could see myself in. And it really matters that TV reflects the world.”

Claudia Kishi

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Momona Tamada plays the series’ beloved character, Claudia. As one of the only characters of color in the OG series, Claudia became a fan favorite for readers due to her many talents, beauty and smarts. In this series, not much has changed. She’s still the style-conscious vice president with a passion for art who loves her Japanese-American roots despite never having learned to speak Japanese.

Stacey McGill

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Stacey is still the treasurer of club. She comes from the Upper West Side of Manhattan and has quite the thumb for style. In the Netflix series she is played by Shay Rudolph. One of the most exciting changes in this new series is that Stacey (who in the books struggled with hiding her diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes) is open and proud of her disorder. “I knew I had a lot of responsibility playing Stacey,” Rudolph told LA Times in an interview before explaining that she herself interviewed teens with diabetes to prepare for her role. “I asked the people I talked to what it feels like when blood sugar is dropping and what they can and can’t do without an insulin pump. I want it to be empowering to younger kids when they see Stacey is still so loved and accepted by her friends even though she has this thing she is self-conscious about.”

Mary Anne Spier

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For her role as Mary Anne, Malia Baker does a pretty spot-on job as the shy club secretary of the OG series who is also Kristy’s best friend. “I haven’t read a lot of books about shy girls,” Baker told the LA Times. “I know that’s kind of weird to say, but I connected with Mary Anne the most because deep down I am a shy person. But I also connected with all of the characters in different ways. And that’s one of the great things about ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’; you can connect with at least one of the characters.”

In this new series, Mary Anne’s character eventually proves to be just one example of the show’s effort to push for diversity. In one of her most defining moments in the new series, Mary Anne babysits for and stands up for a young transgender kid when they’re misgendered.

Kristy Thomas

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And finally, there’s the club’s leader: Kristy. Played by Sophie Grace, Kristy in this series remains the president of the club. In this series, she’s quick to call out social injustices and loves her gals more than ever. “I’m so honored to be a part of a series like this that gives kids someone to relate to,” Sophie Grace explained. “Kristy has her family struggles. Her parents are divorced. That’s really hard for kids, and we see how she’s finding her way through that.”

Check out the show’s trailer below!

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