Karla Hidalgo

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Filmography

Producer (25)

Best Week Ever 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Love the 2000's 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Fabulous Life 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

100 Sexiest Artists 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Miss You Much 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Jenny McCarthy Show 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bridging the Gap 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Pop-Up Video 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

40 Most Shocking Breakups 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Undateable 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Black to the Future 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Great Debate 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Celebracadabra 2008 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

I Love the New Millennium 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Love the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Producer

I Love The '90s 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Producer

I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Producer

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Producer

Being 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

SCI FI Presents New York's Halloween Parade 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments on TV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

I Love the '80s (TV Show)

Producer
Other (1)

House of Buggin' 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Biography

<p>When it comes to blending documentary and nostalgia into an easy-to-digest package, few were as passionate or successful at it as Karla Hidalgo. Best known for executive producing the, "I Love the...," mini-series on VH1 that chronicled pop culture one decade at a time, one of Hidalgo's earliest credits was on the network's long-running series "The Greatest" (VH1 1998- ). Specifically, she was a producer on the segment "100 Greatest Rock &amp; Roll Moments on TV," which aired in 2000, and covered such watershed moments as Elvis Presley's "Aloha from Hawaii" concert in 1973. </p><p>Next came the, "I Love the..." documentaries, beginning with the multi-episode "I Love the '80s" (VH1 2002). Through the subsequent "I Love the 70s" (VH1 2003), "I Love the 90s" (VH1 2004), and "I Love the New Millennium" (VH1 2008), Hidalgo and her creative team refined the series' affectionate, occasionally tart tone. Among the public, reaction was mixed, which Hidalgo chalked up to differing opinions on each decade's high points - or whether a certain decade even had high points. In a <i>Time Out New York</i> article, she mentioned that "I Love the 90s" received a downright passive-aggressive reaction from some audiences, who felt it was too soon to look back in nostalgia. </p><p>Based on the performance of the, "I Love the..." mini-series, VH1 and Hidalgo collaborated on more pop culture-centric shows. These included "The Great Debate" (VH1 2009), which addressed the topics of the day using a boxing announcer as moderator, and "Best Week Ever" (VH1 2013- ), a reboot of a long-running clip show the network originally broadcast from 2004 to 2010. She also executive-produced the resurrected "Pop Up Video" (VH1 2011- ), a show that celebrated the music videos of bygone times, enhanced with pop-up bubbles featuring factoids and trivia. Made of roughly 99% recycled goods, the program was both innovative and cheap to make, and earned Hidalgo her first Emmy nomination. </p><p>Around the same time, Hidalgo branched out into nighttime talk shows, executive producing "The Jenny McCarthy Show" (VH1 2013- ), a combination of interview, sketch, and topical comedy starring the title actress and ex-Playboy model. Despite earning negatives of the awe-inspiring sort -- <i>The A.V. Club</i> described it as a "desperate, stupid half-hour of television," and further stated "its idiocy is only mitigated by the pity it inspires") -- "The Jenny McCarthy Show" performed strongly enough to earn a second year on VH1. </p>

Milestones

2013

Executive produced The Jenny McCarthy Show.

2011

Executive produced Pop Up Video.

2002

Produced I Love the '80s.

2000

First television credit with The Greatest.

Bonus Trivia

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"Information comes so fast through the Internet and cable, trends change so quickly. It's nice to look back to the '90s, when things weren't moving so fast and ideas and people were allowed to linger," Hidalgo, to the Seattle Times, August 8, 2005

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"At first we weren't sure how to deal with that. But when we started talking about it with our interviewees, what they remembered was mostly watching it and their initial reaction to it, everything from disbelief to 'Go, O.J., go!' — not really grasping exactly what had happened." - Hidalgo, on the O.J. Chase being featured in I Love the '90s, USA Today, July 13, 2004.

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