March 15th, 2022
Tanya Saracho and Gabriela Revilla Lugo are developing 15 Candles. The half-hour comedy series—from UCP for Peacock—follows four young Latinas starting high school as they overcome their feelings of invisibility while exploring what it means to leave childhood behind through the lens of the traditional female coming-of-age rite: the quinceañera.
December 16th, 2021
Mattel Developing Holiday Feature ‘Christmas Balloon’ Palm Springs' executive producer Gabriela Revilla-Lugo will pen the screenplay.
Mattel is developing a feature film based on the true story of a young girl who in 2018 tried to send her Christmas message to...
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
December 16th, 2021
Live-Action ‘Christmas Balloon’ Movie in the Works at Mattel Films
Mattel Films is developing a live-action family drama titled “Christmas Balloon,” based on a real-life story involving Mattel toys, the company announced Thursday. Gabriela Revilla Lugo (“A Million Little Things”) will write the original screenplay. “Christmas Balloon” centers on a young girl..
A dramedy writer and formerly undocumented immigrant, Gabby Revilla Lugo started her career in physical production then ventured into the independent feature space where she worked with names like Damian Chazelle on his award-winning short film, Whiplash. She succeeded with films including the award-winning Palm Springs, The Starling, and Fox Searchlight's Next Goal Wins, written and directed by Taika Waititi. Gabby completed the Fox, Starz, and Disney writer's programs and was staffed on ABC's hit drama, A Million Little Things, and UCPs, Brujas. She also taught screenwriting at the Script Anatomy school. In 2021 Gabby sold multiple projects landing a feature film writing job for Mattel. She also sold 15 Candles, a TV pilot based on John Hughes' 16 Candles, to Peacock, alongside UCP and OJALA, led by award-winning screenwriter, Tanya Saracho. She completed the 2022 WGA's showrunner training program. Gabby has several TV projects in development and directed her first feature film for Marvista in 2024, The Secret Life of a Dominatrix. She is repped by Aaron Lipsett at Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Chris Abrahmson at Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan. Lugo is excited to continue telling Latine stories that exemplify more than just our collective trauma, with major heart, and the occasional fart joke.