Writer, Producer, Consultant, Educator and Lecturer

Conversation with Ilana Peña - June 28 @ 2:00pm PST


Ligiah Villalobos is a Writer, Producer, Consultant, Educator and Lecturer. She is best known for the independent feature film Under the Same Moon, (La Misma Luna), which she wrote and executive produced. Acquired by Fox Searchlight and TWC at Sundance, the movie was made for under $2M and earned over $23M worldwide. More recently, Villalobos was a Cultural Consultant on the Academy Award winning Pixar movie, COCO, and she wrote on two Netflix pre-school animated series, Super Monsters’ Monster Pets and the upcoming, StarBeam. Villalobos co-wrote the Lifetime TV Movie, The Real MVP, produced by Queen Latifah. She was the Head Writer on Nick Jr.’s, Go, Diego! Go! And she is the recipient of the Humanitas Prize, for writing the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Firelight, produced by Alicia Keys. Villalobos is currently developing an animated series for Sesame Workshop and adapting the YA Novel Gabi: A Girl in Pieces as a one-hour drama series for HBO Max. Before becoming a writer/producer, Villalobos was both a network and studio executive – at the Walt Disney Company she launched eight children shows in seven countries, and then oversaw six prime time shows at the WB. In addition, Villalobos is committed to bringing more people of color and women into the entertainment industry. To that end, she teaches at Cal State LA and at USC School of Cinematic Arts, and lectures around the world. Villalobos has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Black List Blog and Americana magazine. And she is on the Board of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center. She received her MFA from Antioch University in Creative Writing.