Stan acquires Sweetbitter and Vida

Stan has today announced that the gripping new series Sweetbitter ’ and Vida  will premiere on in May.

Sweetbitter , based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Stephanie Danler, tells the story of Tess, played by Ella Purnell, (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Maleficent, Kick Ass 2), a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she finds herself interviewing for a position at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world behind-the-scenes, tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust.

In this first season, we follow Tess along the path of the L train circa 2006: the prestigious Manhattan restaurant where she serves an upscale clientele, an industry dive bar, a corner bodega in Williamsburg, and an East Village apartment with a bathtub in the kitchen. She came to the city without a friend or ambition because she wanted more from her life. Underneath the oysters and champagne is a love letter to the way New York City changes and can change you. But it’s the people Tess meets at the restaurant who end up marking her for life. SweetBitteris not only Tess’s story—it is also the story of the backwaiters, servers, bartenders, and dishwashers as they navigate friendship, intimacy, lust and betrayal. Her co-workers become her family, and through them she finds a degree of belonging that she’s never encountered before.

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Stephanie Danler, SweetBitterstars Ella Purnell as “Tess” in the series, alongside Caitlin FitzGerald (UnREAL, Masters of Sex, current season of Stan’s Younger), Tom Sturridge (Far from the Madding Crowd, The Hollow Crown), Paul Sparks(The Greatest Showman, House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience & Boardwalk Empire) Evan Jonigkeit (Broad City, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Girls),Eden Epstein (In Between Men, Blind), Jasmine Mathews (Blue Bloods, Heathers) and Daniyar (Claws, Scandal, Payday). Danler serves as creator, executive producer and writer on the series. Stu Zicherman serves as writer and showrunner and executive producer along with Plan B.

VIDA is a series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more distanced or different from one another. Following the death of their long-estranged mother, the sisters return to their old neighbourhood for the funeral, hoping to make a quick appearance, sell her struggling bar and then leave.  Matters get complicated as the two young women are confronted by secrets of the past and forced to face the truth about their mother’s identity. These secrets drive the sisters to reunite with people from their childhood and confront their neighbourhood’s changing cultural landscape.

The series, from showrunner Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away With MurderLookingGirls), also stars Ser Anzoategui (East Los HighShamelessThe Fosters), Chelsea Rendon (The Fosters), Carlos Miranda (The Bling RingDallas) and Maria Elena Laas (Vital Signs). The Starz-owned series is based on a format by Richard Villegas Jr. (I [Heart] BabylonLa Música Romántica) and executive produced by Big Beach TV’s Robin Schwartz, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub with Stephanie Langhoff (TogethernessThe BronzeSkeleton Twins).

Additional cast features Elena Campbell-Martínez (The Big Bang TheoryJane the VirginModern FamilyThe 15:17 to Paris), Ramses Jimenez (Fear the Walking DeadWisdom of the CrowdGood Behavior), Luis Bordonada (Better Call SaulThe Bridge, Barracuda), Elizabeth De Razzo (The 33Eastbound & DownIdiotsitter), Renee Victor (CocoWeedsThe Apostle), Adelina Anthony (Bruising for BesosGold Star), and Erika Soto.

SWEETBITTER and VIDA will both premiere exclusively on Stan on May 7 with new episodes every Monday, same day as U.S.