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Selena: The Series Screenwriters Panel
Texas writing talent shines bright on Selena: The Series, one of Netflix’s most anticipated shows of the year. UT alum Raymond Arturo Perez, Seguin native Marcelena Campos Mayhorn (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and Aaron Serna (Cristela and Malibu County), from South Texas, are Los Angeles-based writers who are bringing their experiences to the writers’ room and diversifying the television landscape. They will talk about what it was like to write the story of Tejano music star and Texas legend Selena Quintanilla for a global audience, and more! Moderated by RTF Associate Professor Mary Beltrán, this is a panel Selena fans and everyone interested in Latina/o/x and Tejana/o/x visibility won’t want to miss.

The event is co-sponsored by Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and the Department of Radio-Television-Film

*Please note that all registrants must have a zoom account in order to register for the event. If registering with a UT email address, you must use the EID@eid.utexas.edu account associated with zoom and you must be logged in before joining the event on January 28th.

Jan 28, 2021 03:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Raymond Arturo Perez
Raymond Arturo Perez is an LA-based television writer and creative, hailing from San Antonio, Texas, who most recently served as staff writer for season 2 of Selena: The Series on Netflix. As a writer, Raymond aims to broaden the film and television canon with stories of Latinx people, queer people, and other underrepresented communities. In 2014, Raymond graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Marketing and a BS in Radio-Television-Film. He received his Master’s degree in Screenwriting in 2019 from the American Film Institute, which is currently ranked the number one film school by The Hollywood Reporter. Raymond attended this institution with support from scholarships from the AFI Conservatory, as well as the Cheech Marin Scholarship from the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation. When Raymond isn’t writing at his kitchen table, he can be found on the dance floor getting down to salsa, merengue, bachata, y cumbia.
Aaron Serna
Aaron Serna is a Mexican-American writer who grew up in South Texas. His writing career began in 2012 after being accepted into the Disney|ABC Writers Program, where he became a staff writer on the Reba McEntire-Lily Tomlin comedy series Malibu Country. He then staffed on the ABC comedy Cristela starring comedian Cristela Alonzo. Shortly after, he sold his first pilot to FOX/20th Television with Brillstein Entertainment: a half-hour adaptation of the hit Colombian telenovela Familia En Venta (Family For Sale) starring Roselyn Sanchez (Grand Hotel, Devious Maids). Most recently, he completed work on his first drama series — Netflix’s Selena: The Series, based on the life of the famed Tejano singer, and sold two comedy pilots for the 2019-2020 broadcast season to both ABC and FOX.
Marcelena Campos Mayhorn
Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, MARCELENA CAMPOS MAYHORN began her film career working for the Austin Film Festival in Austin, TX. She got her start as their Office Manager and later as their Conference Coordinator. In tandem with her work at AFF, Marcelena was also a freelance journalist & film critic. Her work has been featured in publications such as Slackerwood.com, Shondaland.com and Texas Monthly. Originally from Seguin, TX, she moved to Los Angeles in 2015, where she got her start as a line producer’s assistant on the TV show CSI: CYBER. She went on to assist on other television shows such as APB and STATION 19 before landing her first staff writing job on Season 2 of Netflix’s SELENA: THE SERIES. She currently works as a Staff Writer on DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.