Claudia Forestieri, the creator and executive producer behind the HBO Max comedy series Gordita Chronicles, has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT).
According to Deadline, this means Forestieri, who is of Dominican-Italian descent and was born in Puerto Rico, will continue to develop comedy and drama scripted series for the company under her own production house, Mamalu Productions.
“Thank you [Sony Pictures Television] for believing in this gordita’s voice,” Forestieri wrote on social media.
The inspiration for Gordita Chronicles stems from Forestieri’s personal experience of immigrating with her family from the Dominican Republic to Miami in the 1980s when she was only seven years old. Since debuting last month, the series has received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
“Claudia’s deep skills, passionate voice, collaborative nature and lived experience are everything we look for in a writer,” Glenn Adilman, EVP of Comedy Development for SPT, told Deadline. “We are so proud of Gordita Chronicles and know there is much more greatness where that came from.”
Forestieri added: “I’m ecstatic to have the chance to deepen my relationship with the folks at Sony, the studio behind so many groundbreaking hits. They’re committed to telling bold stories and I consider myself extremely fortunate to call SPT home.”
Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz, who is another executive producer on Gordita Chronicles and serves as its showrunner, also landed an overall deal with SPT. She was recently named as a co-writer and co-executive producer for a sequel to the series Who’s the Boss, which ran for eight seasons on ABC from 1984 to 1992.