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.