August 14, 1974
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Silvio Horta (born August 14, 1974) is an American writer and producer most notable for adapting the hit Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea into the ABC series, Ugly Betty. Horta served as head writer and executive producer on the series.
Horta, a Cuban American, was born in Miami, Florida. He was a popular performer and playwright in high school, attending both International Baccalaureate Theater, and Experimental Theater programs at Coral Gables Senior in Miami. He graduated in 1992.
He has written many unproduced screenplays including "Even Exchange" and "The Furies" (with Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy). Prior to Ugly Betty, Horta wrote the screenplay for the 1998 teen satirical hit slasher film Urban Legend and he can be heard on the DVD commentary. Before Legend, he was working as a perfume spritzer.
Horta was also creator of two short lived sci-fi television shows Jake 2.0, which starred Christopher Gorham, who would later join the cast of Ugly Betty, and The Chronicle. In 2007, he accepted the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series Ugly Betty, stating, "Like most of us up here, Betty is an immigrant and The American Dream is alive and well and in reach of anybody who wants it".
Horta started the production company "Silent H Productions", so named because he found that people in the United States always pronounced the silent H at the start of his last name.
|1998||Urban Legend||TriStar Pictures||Writer||Directed by Jamie Blanks|
|1999||The Furies||N/A||Writer||Co-written by Ryan Murphy|
|2000||Urban Legends: Final Cut||Columbia Pictures||Writer||Directed by John Ottman;
Sequel to Urban Legend
|2012||Horror Movie: The Movie||N/A||Writer||Short film|
|2001–2002||The Chronicle||Sci-Fi||Writer and executive producer||One season: 22 episodes|
|2003–2004||Jake 2.0||UPN||Series creator;
Writer and executive producer
|One season: 16 episodes|
|2006–2010||Ugly Betty||ABC||Series creator;
Writer, developer and executive producer
|Four seasons: 85 episodes;
Series recipient of forty-four wins and ninety-two nominations
- Silvio Horta at the Internet Movie Database
- Silvio Horta interview video at the Archive of American Television
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