AMC is moving forward with Dietland.
After landing the drama following a multiple network bidding war in October, the cable network on Saturday handed out a 10-episode series order to Marti Noxon’s adaptation of Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel. The series, a co-production between Skydance Television and AMC Studios, has not yet been cast and will premiere in 2018.
Put into development in October as part of AMC’s script-to-series development process, the cabler opened a writers room last year as the drama had been a frontrunner to go to series. (Producers went with AMC and, sources say, turned down straight-to-series offers last year following a competitive process that also included HBO, Netflix and TV Land.)
Dietland is the first project to come from Noxon’s seven-figure, three-year deal with Skydance.
Welle Entertainment has just acquired the film and TV rights to Julian Guthrie’s non-fiction book Alpha Girls about the unsung female heroes of Silicon Valley. It won the property after a bidding war that included Amazon, Universal, Brett Ratner, Smokehouse and others. The book, scheduled for publication in 2019, also was the subject of a heated publishing auction and ended up at Currency Books, which is an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group (a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.).
Described as Hidden Figures meets The Social Network, Alpha Girls is the untold story of the real unicorns of Silicon Valley – the women who identified, dressed down, moved up, and built the companies that changed the world. The book explores the rise of such companies as Tesla, Salesforce, Oracle, Microsoft, Facebook, and more – all through the eyes of trailblazing women — “the alpha girls’ of Silicon Valley.
Guthrie’s most recent book – How to Make a Spaceship (Penguin Press) – made several “best of” lists, and was a shortlist finalist for a PEN award. It was also a New York Times’ bestseller. Guthrie spent 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she also won numerous awards and was nominated multiple times for a Pulitzer. In addition to Spaceship, she is the author of two other nonfiction books: The Grace of Everyday Saints and The Billionaire and The Mechanic.
Guthrie is repped by Joe Veltre at Gersh, who brokered the deal with Welle, which is a co-venture with Primary Wave Entertainment. Schulman, along with Jeff Gaspin, were recently brought on board at Primary Wave to run the film and TV departments, respectively.
Alexandra Monir’s upcoming novel The Final Six, which was acquired by Sony in a pre-emptive deal, continues its wild ride with HarperCollins securing publishing rights to her high-concept YA book.
Final Six imagines a present-day world under a first-of-its-kind coalition between the UN and the international space agencies, with a plot to send a team of six intrepid teenagers to create the first human settlement on Jupiter’s moon Europa. The high-concept hook touches on aspirational and relevant themes of environmentalism, global unity and leadership.
Josh Bratman at Immersive Pictures is attached to produce The Final Six at Sony, and Lauren Abrahams is overseeing for the studio.
We are thrilled to announce that Jeffrey Tambor, the award-winning actor whose career has ranged from “The Larry Sanders Show” to “Transparent,” is working on a book of autobiographical essays, tentatively titled “Are You Anybody,” which will be published by Crown Archetype in Spring 2017. Tambor will share “introspective, humorous stories” and how he survived his childhood and his father’s motto, “Don’t celebrate, they’ll take it away from you.”
Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired BEING JAZZ: MY LIFE AS A (TRANSGENDER) TEEN by 15-year-old Jazz Jennings, one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity, it was announced today by Phoebe Yeh, Vice President and Publishing Director of Crown Books for Young Readers. Emily Easton, Executive Editor, Crown Books for Young Readers, will edit the book. The memoir will be published June 7, 2016, and is now available for preorder.
“Saturday Night Live” alum Norm Macdonald will pen a memoir to be released by Random House offshoot Spiegal & Grau in Fall 2016.
In “Based On a True Story,” Macdonald tells the story of his life–more or less–from his origins in a rural small town in the-back-of-beyond Canada to an epically disastrous appearance on “Star Search,” to his incredible account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.”
“If you like a good old-fashioned tell-all bombshell about sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, and if you like an unflinching account of how the dirty little business of big-time comedy works, then you will love ‘Based on a True Story,’” said Macdonald in a statement. “OK, one time I do flinch. But only once. The rest of time, unflinching. Also, there will be no mention of rock’n’roll. I was lying.”
The Gersh Agency is thrilled to announce it has partnered with the American Bar Association to launch legal-themed film and TV projects! We will represent the rights of books released via Ankerwycke, the ABA’s new consumer publishing imprint.
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Bryan Stevenson has been named to TIME’s list of The 100 Most Influential People as a true pioneer.
Oscar Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette is writing a memoir, which will be published by Random House. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscar-winner-patricia-arquette-pen-785833