Lagordiloca Citizen Journalist Drama in Development at Starz

Starz is developing a drama series about Texan citizen journalist “Lagordiloca” (an alias for Priscilla Villarreal) penned by playwright and filmmaker Hilary Bettis, Variety has confirmed.

Inspired by Texas Monthly’s coverage about Villarreal, the show centers on the titular protagonist’s rise as a street journalist and modern-day folk hero in her border-town of Laredo, as she seized the power of social media and pushed the boundaries of the first amendment to expose corruption, cartels and other ills in her beloved community. The project hails from Bettis, Nina Tassler and Denise DiNovi’s PatMa Productions banner, as well as CBS Studios.

Deadline first reported the “Lagordiloca” announcement.

Bettis is repped by CAA, Grandview and Jeff Hynick; Texas Monthly is repped by CAA.

More to come…

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