ODAAT Co-Creator Gloria Calderón Kellett Just Signed a Huge Deal with Amazon, Cementing Her Status as a Modern Day Legend

Gloria Calderon Kellett
As a showrunner for the Netflix reboot of “One Day at a Time,” Gloria Calderon Kellett drew heavily from her own experience as a Cuban-American woman. Credit...Matthew Simmons/Getty Images

If she’s not a household name yet, she’s just on the verge of breaking through into the mainstream: One Day at a Timeco-showrunner and executive producer Gloria Calderón Kellett has just signed a three-year deal with Amazon Studiosto develop series and films on the company’s streaming platform beginning next June. According to Deadline, it’s the first time in history that a Latina writer and creator has struck a massive, eight-figure deal for her work in Hollywood. Expect Calderón Kellett, who grew up in a Cuban-American household, to bring to life a flood of high-quality, authentic Latinx narratives through her production company GloNation.

“Gloria is an incredible storyteller, who has written and created series that are not only culturally relevant, but engaging, relatable, and hilarious,” said Amazon’s Co-Head of Television, Vernon Sanders, in a statement, summing up all of the reasons why audiences have fallen in love with her productions. “We are all delighted that Gloria will join the Amazon Studios family and excited to see the new projects she’ll bring to our Prime Video customers around the world.”

Calderón Kellett was one of the featured speakers at this year’s UnidosUS Latinas Brunch in San Diego. Speaking about her experience as a young actor trying to get a foothold in Hollywood, she recalled the roles that were open to her, describing every audition as a Latino stereotype. “I was living in someone else’s imagination,” she concluded. Becoming a writer, a director, a producer, and eventually a showrunner has given her the power to shape the industry in a way that reflects authentic Latinx narratives. After all, it takes more than talent and experience for someone to break through in Hollywood. It also requires access to opportunities — something that Norman Lear was instrumental in providing her through ODAAT. “It was the first time I sat opposite a legend who was so interested in me,” explained Calderón Kellett.

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Her new role at Amazon Studios will allow her to claim her status as a legend in her own right, giving her the chance to pivot the award-winning streaming platform’s attention toward narratives that might otherwise have been overlooked. “I have been so blown away by the original series coming out of Amazon,” Calderón Kellett said in a statement following the announcement. “Their commitment to supporting creators, specifically women, has been next level.” Amazon currently has similar overall deals with stars like Lena Waithe and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, according to Deadline.“It’s clear they are committed to supporting outstanding, quality television,” continued Calderón Kellett. When I met the diverse Amazon Studios team of creative executives, I immediately felt a kinship and connection. I could see immediately that our values and ideals in creating quality programming for underrepresented voices was a shared passion. I am overjoyed to take my next creative steps with them.”