Fernando Gaitán

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For the U.S. judge, see Fernando J. Gaitan Jr.
Fernando Gaitán Salom
Born (1960-11-09) November 9, 1960 (age 56)
Bogotá, Colombia
Occupation Screenwriter
Television producer
Nationality Colombia
Notable works Yo soy Betty, la fea
Café con aroma de mujer
Hasta que la plata nos separe

Fernando Gaitán Salom (Born November 9, 1960 in Bogotá) is a Colombian TV series and telenovelas screenwriter as well as a producer.

Career highlights[edit]

Fernando Gaitán is known for weaving different histories into diverse social contexts.[1] He gained fame in Latin America after writing the telenovela Café, con aroma de mujer and world notoriety for his telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea which has been adapted in different countries. Yo soy Betty, la fea won the TP de Oro for its nominated category, Mejor Telenovela (Best Soap Opera) in 2002.[2] The TP de Oro awards are considered to be the most prestigious Spanish awards for television.[3]

Yo soy Betty, la fea spin-offs[edit]

The success of Yo soy Betty, la fea led to a sequel in 2002 with Univision's release of Eco moda.[4] Yo soy Betty, la fea also spawned a number of international remakes and adaptations, such as Verliebt in Berlin in Germany, La Fea más bella in Mexico, Lotte in The Netherlands, Ne Rodis Krasivoy in Russia, Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin in India, Sensiz Olmuyor in Turkey, Maria, i Aschimi in Greece, Yo soy Bea in Spain, Ugly Betty in the United States, and Bela, a Feia in Brazil.

Other awards[edit]

Gaitán has received multiple awards and nominations in Colombia and internationally; India Catalina Award (1993, 1994, 2000, 2001), Simón Bolívar Award (1994), El Tiempo Award (1999, 2000), Radio Caracas Televisión Award (2000), Asociación Cronistas del Espectáculo in the United States (1995), GES Awards and INTE Awards in Miami, FL (2002).[5]

Remakes planned[edit]

An article in Variety reported that the success of Yo soy Betty, la fea spin-offs has led to the search for other telenovelas being planned for the United States.[6] Other shows developed by Fernando Gaitán are in production for 2007.

His Cafe con Aroma de Mujer (Coffee With the Scent of a Woman), a hit for Colombia's RCN TV in 1994, was remade in Mexico twice. The first version was TV Azteca's Cuando seas mia in 2001. Televisa is currently airing its own Cafe con Aroma de Mujer, with the title Destilando Amor as of 2007.[7]

TV filmography[edit]


  • Hasta que el dinero nos separe (2009) TV Series
  • Destilando Amor (2007) TV Series
  • Yo soy Bea (2006) (I am Bea) TV Series
  • Lotte (2006) TV Series
  • La Fea más bella (2006) (The Prettiest Ugly One )
  • La Hija del Mariachi (2006) (The Mariachi's Daughter) TV Series
  • Hasta que la plata nos separe (2006) (Until Money do Us Apart) TV Series
  • Eco Moda (2001) TV Series
  • Cuando seas mía (2001) (When You are Mine) TV series
  • Maria, i Aschimi (2007) (Maria, the ugly one) TV series
  • Yo soy Betty, la fea (1999) (I'm Betty, the Ugly) Telenovela
  • Guajira (1996) TV Series (Guajira) Telenovela
  • Café, con aroma de mujer (1994) Telenovela
  • Azúcar - Part II (Sugar) Telenovela
  • Laura por favor (Laura, Please) TV Series
  • La quinta hoja del trébol (The Fifth Leaf of Clover)
  • La fuerza del poder (The Force of Power)
  • Hasta que el dinero nos separe (Until money do us part)
  • A corazón abierto (Open-Heart)

Executive producer[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Besides writing Gaitán has as a hobby being a DJ.[8]


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