New creative lead for Yo No Soy Mendoza

March 12, 2021

Maribel Ramos-Weiner

Guillermo Arriaga Escritor de SPT

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced Guillermo Arriaga as the creative lead on the development of Yo No Soy Mendoza, the latest project from celebrated Colombian writer Fernando Gaitán (creator of Yo Soy Betty, La Fea – considered to be the most successful telenovela in history).

Arriaga takes over from Gaitán the dramedy series which will feature eight-hour-long episodes. The project’s development agreement was announced shortly before Gaitán’s unexpected passing.

“We are so excited to have Guillermo on board to guide the highly regarded creative duo of writers German Maggiori (HBO’s Amongst men, the first Latin-American series selected at the Berlinale 2021) and Marcos Osorio Vidal (Simuladores, Apache and 2020 Emmy-nominated The Bronze Garden) as well as Adrián Zurita (Nosotros Los Nobles) as a creative consultant on this project. Arriaga’s body of work is truly some of the greatest talents of our generation and his unique narrative universe is perfect to guide two of the most gifted writers in the region to honor Gaitan’s vision for the series,” commented Ana Bond, SVP and MD of International Production in Latin America and US Hispanic for SPT.

“Fernando Gaitán – my Colombian brother, called me before he passed away. He wanted to ask if I could advise him on a series he was developing for Sony. I accepted immediately. Not only because I loved him but because I admired him. He was a writer with enormous talent. So, in honor of my promise to Fernando, I remain as an advisor in the series he designed and created,” said Arriaga.