Ligiah Villalobos is the Writer and Executive Producer of the independent feature film Under the Same Moon, (La Misma Luna). The film was an Official Selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and became the highest sale for a Spanish-language film in the history of Sundance. After its release on March 19, 2008 by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company, the film went on to break the 3-day opening weekend record for a Spanish-language film. Made for under $2M, the film has earned over $23M worldwide.
Born and raised in Mexico, Villalobos moved to the U.S. at the age of 11. She attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Cultural Geography and Dance. Before becoming a writer/producer, Villalobos held several positions at studios including Director, Programming for Buena Vista Productions where she oversaw all television production in Latin America, including eight #1 rated Disney Club Shows in six countries. She also developed the CD Navidad en las Americas for Disney Records, which landed at #8 on Billboard’s Latin Chart, and two Prime Time TV Specials which aired in 18 countries. She was later hired by Touchstone Television to oversee Walt Disney’s prestigious Writers Fellowship Program and Director’s Training Program.
After leaving Disney, Villalobos served as Director, Current Programming for the WB Network where she oversaw six prime time series. She then made a transition into film production as the VP, Creative Affairs at Esparza/Katz Productions. There she was involved in the development of, Price of Glory for Newline and Walkout for HBO Films, also serving as a Co-Producer on Walkout.
Since becoming an independent writer/producer, Villalobos has co-produced the film, Dancing in September (Official Selection at 2001 Sundance Film Festival) which premiered on HBO in 2001, been a staff writer on the NBC show ED, the Head Writer on the #1 Nick Jr. series Go, Diego! Go!, and has developed projects for ABC/Studios, F/X, Showtime, NBC and ABC/Family. Additionally, Ligiah's adaptation of the Reader Digest article Firelight, directed by Darnel Martin (Cadillac Records), starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr., and executive produced by Mary Martin and Alicia Keys for ABC/HALLMARK will air in April 2012.
Among several projects in development: Diego Ascending, an adaptation of the Israeli film “Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi, for Salma Hayek’s company, Chavez, for producers, Dan Halsted, Max Kennedy and Lily Bright, La Raza, an historical 7 hour mini-series for Will Smith’s company, and two TV movies, Crew Six¸ set up at Hallmark Hall of Fame and “Study Abroad” set up at Nickelodeon, both being produced by Alicia Keys Co.
Villalobos was named, “One of the 25 Most Powerful and Talented Hispanic Women in the Entertainment Industry” by the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Magazine in 2007 and was honored with the Norman Lear Writers Award at the Imagen Awards in 2008. She serves on the Advisory Boards of The Writers Guild Foundation and Girls Inc. Latina Initiative.