The show, based on the highly-rated, award-winning Mexican telenovela Teresa, focuses on an undocumented young Latina clawing her way into the exclusive world of Los Angeles wealth. The series will chronicle her ruthless pursuit of money and power and her willingness to do anything to get them.
"We're excited to be working with Carlos, Lionsgate and Televisa USA on re-developing this iconic telenovela for American audiences. Teresa will showcase a modern take on what it means to be Latina in America," said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director for Starz.
Televisa USA's Chris Philip added, "Starz has proven to be a great programming partner and we're thrilled to expand our relationship with this updated take on a hugely successful Televisa format."
"We're excited about collaborating with Chris, Carmi and the team at Starz as well as our friends at Televisa USA on this powerful new series," said Lionsgate Television Group Executive Vice President Chris Selak. "Teresa brings together terrific partners, a singular property and a world-class creative team for an audience that we know well, and we believe that the series will resonate not only with Latino viewers but audiences everywhere."
Portugal has served as executive producer, producer and writer of several ground-breaking series. He co-created and is an executive producer, writer and director of East Los High, Hulu's first and only series with an all Latino cast. He made his directorial debut with the English-language, Latino gay romantic comedy East Side Story, which he co-wrote with Puerto Rican playwright Charo Toledo. Portugal also co-executive produced Body of Desire, a primetime drama series for NBC which was based on El Cuerpo Del Deseo, the hit Spanish telenovela that aired on Telemundo from 2005 to 2006.
Senior Vice President of Original Programming Marta Fernandez will be the Starz executive in charge of Teresa.