‘Our Work Was Cheapened’: Netflix’s ‘Selena’ Writers Say They Were Overworked & Underpaid

Published: Saturday 12th Jun 2021 by Rashad

Netflix’s biographical ‘Selena’ series may have been met with mixed reviews from critics and fans of the songstress, but it appears that voiced displeasure is also being heard from behind the lens.

See what we mean inside:

Friday (June 11), the ‘Los Angeles Times’ took to print with an explosive exposé behind the proverbial and very guarded Netflix curtain to reveal the alleged mistreatment of the 14 Latinx writers who participated in bringing the late Queen of Tejano Music’s story to life again.

TV writer Gladys Rodriguez, who served as co-executive producer and consultant for the series, suggested there were ‘red flags from the start.’ One of the most glaring causes for pause came with the show’s budget as each episode had a budget of under $2 million, even though it was a period drama that required specific costumes, makeup, and sets. By comparison, each episode of Netflix drama, ‘The Crown,’ which also requires specific costumes, makeup, and sets, costs a reported $13 million.

Acting as the spokesperson for the show’s other writers who claim they were overworked and underpaid, Rodriguez also suggested the low budget ‘disrespected’ Selena’s legacy.

“I feel like our work was cheapened from the start. We were never given a fair chance,” said Gladys. Representation is what we want but it goes beyond that — we want to be treated equally.”

Ultimately suggesting their love for Selena persuaded them to take the job despite its low wages, the writers – who declined to reveal their specific payouts – expressed frustration at their compensation given the workload.  According to the ‘Times,’ they “were expected to complete the two seasons, totaling 18 episodes, in roughly 20 weeks, a time frame more typical for turning around eight to 10 episodes.”

And while Netflix does not reveal its ratings figures, ‘Selena’ routinely ranked in its top 10 most viewed offerings globally – a feat that suggests it was fairly popular.

Read the full ‘Los Angeles Times’ piece by clicking here.

[photo credits: Netflix]

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  1. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) June 12, 2021

    Zero comment? It’s funny none of y’all defending those Hispanic people. Wow! If they are black, the comment selection will be going strong💅🏿 Even I’m mixed with black & white and Da real DIVA still love all many Hispanic people ❤️ Unlike some of y’all are just defending for your own race🤳🏿

    • “MVP June 12, 2021

      Oh stfu you self indulged b**ch. There isn’t even anyone in the comment section to give their opinion or thought just yet but still here you are going off on a tangent about every day black struggles that you are allowing to live in your head rent free. Stop being self hating, do some research before speaking and have several seats to the left and right, please and thank you. 😊 Donkey of the day goes too…..

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) June 12, 2021

        B I t c h! I speak the truth💅🏿 Don’t hate me just because I’m being savage and real 🤳🏿 Y’all should be ashamed of hating other minorities. #ALL LIVES MATTER ❤️

    • MVP June 12, 2021

      Exactly but no all opinions do and your ignorant one is invalid in this case. And how proud you must be speaking up for other races while putting your own down with a name such a mon-h**…lmao. Chile, the jokes write themselves 😂 pathetic…your other half can claim and keep your idiotic c*m swallowing pill popping wanna be stacey dash a**. Your black superiors don’t need you 😌

      • Cold show June 12, 2021

        Damn that was a read …

  2. J June 12, 2021

    Netflix is known for this, Idk why anyone that isn’t already established would sign on with them. I stopped supporting them a long time ago.

  3. JanStan June 12, 2021

    Wait they got almost $2 mil per episode for an unproven show and want the same budget as one of the most highly rated shows on Netflix? That’s literally not how it works.

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