TV deal for That's What She Said

News - Books Friday, 21 December 2018

Red Arrow Studios International options Joanne Lipman’s bestselling book for television series on navigating the post-#MeToo era

The show will be based on veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of USA Today Joanne Lipman’s bestselling book That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) about Working Together. It will be a co-production between Anonymous Content, Charlie Lyons and Red Arrow Studios International.

In the US the book is published by HarperCollins' William Morrow imprint; in the UK by Hodder's John Murray. The UK hardback edition uses a different title: Win Win: When Business Works for Women, It works for Everyone. A paperback edition, currently listed with the American title, is due in March.

Carlo Dusi, EVP commercial strategy, scripted, at Red Arrow Studios International, said: "Joanne’s work is timely and insightful, offering a nuanced exploration of gender politics in the workplace and how we can collectively progress in the wake of #MeToo. We’re excited to be working with Charlie and Anonymous Content to develop what promises to be a smart and engaging piece of television."

According to a statement from Red Arrow: 'Hailed as "eerily prescient" and "revelatory" by The New York Times, That’s What She Said tackles the issues facing workplaces across the globe, providing a roadmap for navigating the world in the post-#MeToo era. The book combines anecdotes from Lipman’s own rise to the top of a male-dominated industry with data and research to offer real-world solutions for combating unconscious bias, sexual harassment, "bropropriation," "mansplaining," the gender wage gap, and other systemic problems people confront daily in professional environments. The book has a narrative through-line which will be fictionalised into a series-length drama. The producers are currently in discussions with writers to sign on to develop the project further.'

Lyons said: "Joanne is a dazzling storyteller with the worldview and wisdom to tackle this provocative project. I’m honoured to work with her, Anonymous and Red Arrow on this exciting television event."

Lipman was most recently chief content officer of Gannett and editor-in-chief of USA Today and the USA Today Network. She began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor – the first woman to attain that post – supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. She subsequently was founding editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine and is also co-author, with Melanie Kupchynsky, of the music memoir Strings Attached.

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