Locally produced and nationally syndicated SuperLatina brought home two Daytime Emmy awards last Sunday during the 43rd edition of the ceremony.
Gaby Natale, who is the host and executive producer, accepted the trophies for Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish and Outstanding Daytime Talent in a Spanish Language Program.
It’s a huge accomplishment for a show that started filming in 2007 at a carpet warehouse in Odessa.
SuperLatina is the first independent production to win its two awards. The celebrity-interview show airs on Vme TV in more than 40 markets.
“I’ve always believed that great things can happen when you work hard and embrace your true self,” Natale said in a press release.
Spanish categories were added to the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2013.
"I look back, and I don’t know how I did it," she said in a 2014 story for The Dallas Morning News.
"It was all my husband and I had. We would laugh a lot because our director didn’t speak Spanish. So I would be presenting something, and he had no idea where to point. You don’t want to watch those first shows."
From the warehouse in Odessa, the show aired in Dallas before she syndicated it in 2008 to stations in Texas and New Mexico. Within six years, it had gone national.
“Leaving my country, coming to the United States on my own, what’s riskier than that?” the Argentine immigrant, now an American citizen, said in that same article. “I think it’s all worth the risk. To me, there’s nothing more fascinating than making your own path and seeing where it takes you.”
Her aim, she said at the awards show, was to create TV that inspired.
"This award is for the dreamers," she said. "You are never too old, you are never too fat, you are never too ugly, too gay or too undocumented to make your dream come true."