Selena Writers Speak Out Against Netflix Treatment In New Series
The second part of Selena: the series hit Netflix last month and the series, which told the story of beloved singer Tejano Selena’s rise to fame, was highly anticipated, debuting in December 2020. Sadly, both sides were poorly received by viewers and critics. Now people involved in the project are speaking out about the show’s mismanagement, including the writers’ claims that they were underpaid and the show was given a much smaller budget than through the streamer than other projects.
In an article from the Los Angeles Times, sources reveal that the series was “commissioned as a Latin American original with a corresponding modest budget – well under $ 2 million per episode.” In contrast, Netflix’s The Crown is said to have a budget of $ 13 million per episode.
“The show kind of went through what Selena went through,” said co-executive producer Henry Robles. “From the start she wanted to sing in English. But people didn’t know what to do with her. The music industry didn’t know how to categorize [her] or they expected certain things from her because she was Mexican-American. And it’s similar to this show. “
Gladys Rodriguez told Time that she feels like the show never had a fair chance.
“I feel like our work has been belittled from the start. We never had a fair chance,” Rodriguez said. “Representation is what we want, but it goes beyond that – we want to be treated equally. “
And for the writers of the show, this lack of fair luck and equal treatment is evident in the pay. Because the series had a budget of $ 2 million per episode, it allowed the production to take advantage of a loophole in the Writers Guild of America rules for writers’ pay rates. According to some staff, they were paid between 30 and 50 percent less for their work on the series, which was shot in Mexico, than the typical salary for series that shoot in the United States.
A Netflix spokesperson responded to the claims, telling the Time that “the company believes the authors were fairly remunerated based on quotes negotiated by their representation in the United States.”
Even with the allegations, showrunner Moises Zamora says he’s “really proud” of what they’ve been able to accomplish with the series.
“The fact that we were able to convince 14 Latinx writers to get into this business, with all the challenges we faced … my goal is to continue to argue that our stories are worth telling – they deserve so much. than any other production, “he said. “I’m really proud that we were able to put on an incredible show considering what we were given.”
Selena: the series is now streaming on Netflix.