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Lagordiloca - Street Journalist Drama in Development at Starz


Starz has put in development Lagordiloca, a drama series that chronicles the rise of street journalist Priscilla Villarreal as she capitalizes on the power of livestream reporting to expose corruption, cartels, and serial killers in the border town of Laredo, Texas. The project, Inspired by Skip Hollandsworth’s and Leif Reigstad’s articles about Villarreal in Texas Monthly, comes from playwright, film/TV writer and filmmaker Hilary Bettis, who is penning the adaptation, Nina Tassler and Denise Di Novi’s PatMa Productions and CBS Studios where the company is based.

A modern-day Folk Hero Tale, Priscilla’s use of social media pushes the boundaries of freedom of speech and press to the extreme, shaking the community’s foundation to its core. But above all else, this is the story of one woman’s unconditional love for her family and community.

A high school dropout who narrowly avoided prison in her early 20s, Villarreal, now in her 30s and using the moniker Lagordiloca, has become an unlikely lead news sources in Laredo as she regularly live-streams raw footage from local crime scenes to her 190K Facebook followers. Consistently pushing boundaries, the popular citizen journalist was arrested and taken to court for posting the names of two dead victims on social media before they had been made public by authorities.

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