Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television announced today that it has
optioned the rights to Elaine Weiss’s critically-acclaimed book, The
Woman’s Hour, and will develop it as a long-form project for premium
cable or streaming platforms.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elaine Weiss, as well
as Amblin Television’s Co-Presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey,
will serve as executive producers. The book follows the remarkable
activists who led the decades-long fight to grant women the right to
vote and sheds light on how close the battle to ratify the 19th
Amendment really was. An inspiring story, The Woman’s Hour
celebrates those who changed history and laid the foundation for the
civil rights movement that came decades later.
Secretary Clinton said, “At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box,
and Elaine Weiss’s unforgettable book tells the story of the female
leaders who – in the face of towering economic, racial, and political
opposition – fought for and won American women’s right to vote.
Unfolding over six-weeks in the summer of 1920, The Woman’s Hour
is both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for everyone, young and
old, male and female, in these perilous times. So much could have gone
wrong, but these American women would not take no for an answer: their
triumph is our legacy to guard and emulate.”
She continued, “I am thrilled to be working with Elaine, Steven and
everyone at Amblin Television on bringing this important project to
Elaine Weiss is an author and a journalist whose newest book, The
Woman’s Hour, was recently released by Viking. It has received
critical acclaim from The New York Times Book Review, Wall St.
Journal, NPR, and the Christian Science Monitor. Critics
hail the book as “important” and “timely,” “stirring” and “definitive” a
“riveting” and “remarkably entertaining” “political thriller” which is
“compulsory reading” for understanding our current historic moment.
Ms. Weiss’s work has appeared in many major national publications and on
NPR. Her magazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from
the Society of Professional Journalists and her long-form writing
garnered a Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” award; she is a MacDowell
Secretary Clinton is represented by Robert Barnett and Michael O’Connor
at Williams & Connolly LLP and Steven Burkow at Ziffren Brittenham.
Elaine Weiss is represented by William Morris Endeavor.
About Amblin Television:
Amblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a
division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company led by Steven
Spielberg, with investment partners that include Participant Media,
Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne), Alibaba Pictures and
Universal Pictures. Amblin Television’s co-presidents, Darryl Frank and
Justin Falvey, oversee all development, production and programming for
Amblin Television’s Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated drama “The
Americans,” on FX just completed its sixth and final season to great
critical acclaim. With the addition of “The Women’s Hour,” it has 13
series in various stages of production including “Bull” for CBS, the
dramatic thriller “Reverie” for NBC, “Roswell, New Mexico” for the CW,
the adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” for
Netflix, the Rev Run and Justine Simmons family sitcom “All About the
Washingtons” premiering August 10th on Netflix, “Amazing
Stories” for Apple, “Halo” for Showtime, “Cortes” for Amazon, “Animaniacs”
for Hulu, “Days that Shaped America” for The History Channel, “Why We
Hate” and “Cooper’s Treasure” for Discovery, and “Resident Alien” for
SYFY. Some of Amblin Television’s previous credits include the
Emmy-nominated HBO movie “All The Way” starring Bryan Cranston, “Smash”
for NBC, “Under the Dome” for CBS, “Falling Skies” for TNT, “The
Borgias” and “The United States of Tara,” and “Las Vegas” for NBC.
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