2021 Latina of Influence | Gabriela Tagliavini DGA/WGA
A full listing of our 2021 Latinas of Influence were announced during the digital presentation of Hispanic Lifestyle’s Latina Conference 2021.
ABOUT THE HONOREE
Gabriela Tagliavini is an award-winning writer and director who has worked on several original TV series and seven feature films. She helmed 3 movies that became the #1 most seen movies in Mexico and Spain. Gabriela is currently in post-production of a TV series for Warner Brothers and is finishing a series bible for Viacom.
For television, Tagliavini recently was an EP and helmed the pilot and 4 episodes of the TV series “Casa Grande” for Warner Brothers. Last year, she created “Divas” an original pilot and series bible for Sony. Previously, she directed the pilot and 2 episodes of the comedy series “Claramente” for the platform Claro Video. Before that, she directed an 8-camera live show, “Comedy Rehab,” for Comedy Central, and wrote the pilot “My Exes” for Televisa. Early in her career, she won the prestigious ABC directing fellowship program, shadowing shows like “Desperate Housewives” and “Hanna Montana” among others. In 2018, Gabriela sold a TV pitch to Amazon Studios to create her own TV series as showrunner, “My Problem With Women,” produced by former NBC topper Ben Silverman.
Gabriela Tagliavini’s latest feature film, “Despite Everything”, was a Netflix original and it was released in 190 countries and 18 languages. It’s the most viewed Spanish movie on Netflix in Spain in 2019. Her previous film “How To Break Up With Your Douchebag” (“Como Cortar a tu patan”) opened #1 in the box-office in Mexico, topping “Blade Runner.” For this film, Tagliavini was nominated for Imagen Awards for Best Director and Best Picture of the year. She was the only female director to be nominated in the category, which also included Guillermo del Toro’s “Shape of Water” and Disney’s “Coco”.
Tagliavini’s film “Border Run” starred Sharon Stone, Miguel Rodarte, Manolo Cardona and Billy Zane. It was produced by Anchor Bay, Starz and Voltage Pictures. For this film, Gabriela was also nominated for Best Picture of the year at the Imagen Awards. Before that, she directed and wrote “Without Men,” staring Eva Longoria, Kate Del Castillo and Christian Slater, which was sold worldwide (in 30 countries). Her TV movie, the Viacom/VH1/MTV feature “30 Days Until I’m Famous,” premiered on VH1. It starred Sean Patrick Flanery and Carmen Electra and was executive-produced by Madonna. Gabriela also directed the legendary Mike Tyson in a comedy for AMBI in Canada.
Gabriela’s film “Ladies’ Night” (distributed by Disney/Buena Vista) was the #1 movie at the box office in Mexico for the year 2004 (per Variety). It won three MTV Latin Movie Awards. Its soundtrack released by Sony went platinum. For her directorial debut, “The
Woman Every Man Wants” (aka “Perfect Lover”), she won Best Director at 3 film festivals including the New York Independent Film Festival and the Munich Film Festival.
As a screenwriter, she wrote the English remake of the prestigious Luis Buñuel’s film “Belle De Jour” and adapted the best-selling novel “The Anatomist” for HBO Films. She is a renowned author and had two novels published that received critical acclaim.
Gabriela Tagliavini was selected for the Sundance and WIF’s Women Initiative and was honored with a “Life Achievement” award from the Baja Film Festival. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in film directing and a Master’s Degree in screenwriting from the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI). She lives in Los Angeles and is represented by Zero Gravity and CAA.
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