Silvio Horta
Silvio Horta is an American
United States
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 and producer
Television producer
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 most notable for adapting the hit Colombia
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n telenovela
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 Yo Soy Betty La Fea into the ABC
American Broadcasting Company
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 series, Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. The series revolves around the character Betty Suarez and is based on Fernando Gaitán's Colombian telenovela soap opera Yo soy Betty, la fea...

. Horta serves as head writer and executive producer on the series.

Horta, a Cuban American
Cuban American
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, was born in Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
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. 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
Urban Legend (film)
Urban Legend is a 1998 horror film starring Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Jared Leto, Michael Rosenbaum, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Loretta Devine, Robert Englund, John Neville, Joshua Jackson, Regina King, and Tara Reid...

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
Jake 2.0
Jake 2.0 is an American science fiction television series originally broadcast on UPN in 2003. The series was canceled on January 14, 2004 due to low ratings, leaving four episodes unaired in the United States. In the United Kingdom, all the episodes aired on Sky1...

(starring Christopher Gorham
Christopher Gorham
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, who would later join the cast of Ugly Betty,) and The Chronicle: News From The Edge
The Chronicle (TV series)
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. 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.

Horta is openly gay
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; he came out
Coming out
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to his family at nineteen.

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