Silvergate Media names Ashley Soto Paniagua as Head writer and Executive producer for ¡Vamos!
Dec 13, 2021
London – December 14 2021 – Silvergate Media (Silvergate) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ashley Soto Paniagua as Head Writer and Executive Producer to work on animated series Vamos!
The appointment of Ashley Soto Paniagua to the project follows Silvergate’s announcement that it had acquired the rights to the award-winning bilingual picture book series in June 2021. Ashley brings a wealth of writing experience to the project writing for acclaimed projects such as The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (Disney+) and before that on Vida (Starz) and Fast and Furious: Spy Racers (Netflix).
Hailing from El Paso, Texas and graduate of Amherst College – the former Mississippi high school teacher will lead Silvergate’s collaboration with writer, Raúl (González) the Third and publisher Versify to bring the adventures of Coyote, Little Lobo and his dog Bernabé to the screen.
“I’m thrilled to jump into the world of Vamos set in a fictional version of the magical place where I was born and raised, the El Paso/Juarez border, and can’t wait to go on this ride with Little Lobo,” said Ashley Soto Paniagua, Head Writer and Executive Producer, Vamos!
Alongside her writing Soto Paniagua also serves as co-EP and runs a scripted podcast for Broadway Video and Audible. She was recently recognized with the CALI Catalyst Award by the Center for Cultural Innovation for her work co-founding #RaisethePercentage, a grassroots initiative that connects working TV writers with emerging Black/Afrolatinx writers to reduce barriers to access in the entertainment industry.
¡Vamos!, is a series of imaginatively drawn bilingual picture books for children, written by Raúl (González) the Third and illustrated by Elaine Bay. The stories are told in a combination of both English and Spanish. The first book in the series, ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, follows the urban adventures of a Coyote, Little Lobo, and his dog Bernabé as the pair make a series of madcap deliveries at a market near the U.S. Mexican border. It quickly became a critical and commercial hit on its publication in April 2019 and was soon followed by ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat the following year which tells the story of a group of luchadores, professional wrestlers, who are delivered their pre-match meals by Little Lobo and his dog. It is published by Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers.