STARZ DEVELOPING "DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB" BASED ON BEST-SELLING NOVEL FROM ALISA VALDES
Beverly Hills, Calif. - August 1, 2016 - Starz President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced at today's Starz Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation at the Beverly Hilton that Starz is developing "Dirty Girls Social Club," a series based on the best-selling novel by Alisa Valdes with Ligiah Villalobos ("Under the Same Moon," "Firelight," "Go Diego, Go!") serving as showrunner. Anne Thomopoulos ("The Collection," "Rome," "Borgia," "Versailles") and veteran network executive Lucia Cottone will also serve as executive producers.
"The Dirty Girls Social Club" is a dynamic and sexy half-hour series about six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college. Ten years later, and through professional and personal successes, failures and heartaches, the one thing they can always count on is each other. The series will explore womanhood in all its glory, with both humor and drama, and always with heart.
"'The Dirty Girls Social Club' is a wonderful story about friendship with complex, nuanced characters," said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. "We couldn't be happier to work with Ligiah and to have her bring Alisa's bestselling novel to life. We are proud to develop a series that celebrates cultural diversity, produced by a diverse group of women."
"I cannot think of a better home for this project than Starz. I am thrilled to be working with so many visionary, brilliant and creative people," Valdes said. "The team the network put together is truly phenomenal. For me, this is a dream come true and I am so thankful to everyone who worked to make this deal reality. I can't wait to see my characters come to life on screen."
Alisa Valdes is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than a dozen novels, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. Valdes published her first novel, "The Dirty Girls Social Club," over a decade ago and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Time Magazine. Valdes was raised by her mother, an award-winning poet and novelist and a seventh-generation New Mexican, and her father, a writer and retired sociology professor at the University of New Mexico and a Cuban exile who immigrated to the United States in the 1960s. Valdes currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Senior Vice President of Original Programming Marta Fernandez will be the Starz executive in charge of "Dirty Girls Social Club."
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