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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.

Silvio Horta
Silvio Horta

(1974-08-14) August 14, 1974 (age 45)
NationalityCuban American
Alma materNew York University
OccupationProducer, screenwriter
Years active1998–present

Early lifeEdit

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 attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, majoring in film.[1]


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.

Personal lifeEdit

Horta is openly gay; he came out to his family at nineteen.[2]



Year Film Distributor Credit Notes
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
Year Title Network Credit Notes
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


  1. ^ Jensen, Michael (September 30, 2008). "Interview with "Ugly Betty'"s Silvio Horta". Logo. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Usatoday.Com

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