Selena Gomez Is Developing a "Latina 'Empire'" for Freeform


Nicki Minaj is getting some famous company over on Freeform.

According to a Deadline report, Selena Gomez is working with the network formerly known as ABC Family to develop "a Latina Empire." The show, still without a name in these early stages of development, will be based on the real life of 18-year-old Ana Cobarrubias.

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Gomez's partner in the project, producer Aaron Kaplan, saw Cobarrubias speak at an award dinner in Los Angeles in November. According to Deadline, Cobarrubias "captivated the audience, getting a standing ovation for her speech about making a difference in her poor East LA neighborhood and her determination to defy society's expectations for someone like her by being a strong and confident young woman."


Inspired by her story, Kaplan pitched to Freeform and brought Gomez on as a producer — and Cobarrubias on as a consultant. The series will follow an 18-year-old Latina who lives in a low-income part of town, but has dreams that extend far beyond her neighborhood.

Kaplan is also a producer on Minaj's semibiographical series Nicki, also premiering on Freeform. There's a bit of a tradition of superstars working as producers on Freeform series: Jennifer Lopez serves as an executive producer of The Fosters, now in its fourth season.

No estimated air date has been announced for the project.