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Ligiah Villalobos, MFA

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Ligiah Villalobos is a Writer, Producer, Consultant, and Lecturer.  She is best known for the independent feature film Under the Same Moon, (La Misma Luna), which she wrote and executive produced. The film was released by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company in 2008 after it was acquired at the Sundance Film Festival, where it became the highest sale for a Spanish-language film in the history of Sundance.  Made for under $2M, the film earned over $23M worldwide. 

More recently, Villalobos was a Cultural Consultant on the Academy Award winning Pixar movie, COCO, which has become the highest grossing movie of all time in Mexico (and highest grossing Pixar movie in China).  She is also the recipient of the Humanitas Prize, for writing the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Firelight, produced by Alicia Keys and Mary Martin, which aired on ABC in 2013. 

Villalobos has developed projects for multiple studios and networks, including ABC, NBC, ABC/Family (now Freeform), F/X, Showtime, BET, HBO, and Sesame Street, among others.  The latest being, a half hour pilot for STARZ titled The Dirty Girls Social Club, based on the NY Times bestselling book.  

Villalobos co-wrote the 2016 Lifetime TV Movie, The Real MVP, based on the life of Kevin Durant’s mother, produced by Queen Latifah and Shelby Stone.  And she was the Head Writer for three seasons on Nick Jr.’s hit children’s show Go, Diego! Go!

In addition to COCO, Villalobos has consulted on the Disney movie, Planes and the TV series, Reed Between the Lines for BET and Nina’s World for SPROUT. 

Before becoming an independent writer/producer, Villalobos was a studio executive at The Walt Disney Company, where she oversaw television production in Latin America for five years, launching eight #1 children shows in seven countries and then overseeing the Writing Fellowship Program and the Directors Training Program for the Studio.  She then worked as a Current Programming Executive at The WB, where she oversaw six prime times shows, including the four highest rated shows on the network.  

Villalobos is currently writing a one-hour drama for HBO Max and Anonymous Content titled, Gabi: A Girl in Pieces, based on the YA novel written by Isabel Quintero. And, she is developing a property for Sesame Street Workshop. This past year she worked on two Netflix animated children’s series, Super Monsters Monster Pets and StarBeam (which is premiering later this year).  She is also the writer and associate producer on the animated feature film Koati, currently in production.  

In addition, Villalobos has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Black List Blog and Americana magazine.  She is on the Board of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center and the Honorary Board of The Point Foundation.  She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.