White Pine Pictures snags rights to newest novel “The Showrunner” by acclaimed author Kim Moritsugu
“The Showrunner has all the drama of All About Eve and the attention to detail of The Devil Wears Prada. Moritsugu nails the California sun-drenched anorexic ethos. She rivals Nathaniel West’s fabulous descriptions of Hollywood where the hopefuls become twisted by their own ambitions.”
– Catherine Gildiner, bestselling author of Too Close to the Falls and Coming Ashore
“I am addicted to Kim Moritsugu’s writing. I love her clever wit, her quick, light pacing, her chick lit that’s written with flawless literary skill. The Showrunner is my favourite of her books yet … the plot is so delicious.”
– Robin Spano, author of the Clare Vengel Undercover novels
TORONTO May 3, 2018 – White Pine Pictures has secured the rights to the next novel by Toronto author Kim Moritsugu with assistance from the OMDC From Page to Screen Program. The darkly humorous novel was optioned from independent book publisher Dundurn Press and is a work of suspense fiction set in contemporary Los Angeles about three strong-willed women: two co-creators of a hit TV show locked in a battle to destroy each other, and the actress who comes between them. This is the first novel by Moritsugu to be optioned and the intent is to develop the property into a scripted television series.
V.P. Scripted Development at White Pine Pictures, Karynn Austin was drawn to the novel’s spot-on portrayal of inside Hollywood and its quick writing: “I could instantly see this being adapted into a riveting dark TV drama that would take viewers behind the curtain of the industry, while also engaging them with relationship-based storylines of strong leading women; something we’re finally seeing come to the forefront of production.”
Author Kim Moritsugu was born and raised in Toronto and holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Toronto. The Showrunner, set to be published in June 2018, is her seventh novel to-date. Previous works include the romantic comedy Looks Perfect (shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award), the domestic comedy Old Flames, the literary mystery The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award), the domestic novel The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers), the Rapid Reads short novel And Everything Nice, and The Oakdale Dinner Club.
White Pine Pictures is the producer of the award-winning TV dramas The Border (38 x 1hr) and Cracked (21 x 1hr) and are in development with CBC on a dramatic series penned by Drew Hayden Taylor in addition to four new documentary projects slated to release in 2018, including a feature length film about rock ‘n roll legend Robbie Robertson.
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About White Pine Pictures
White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media production company based in Toronto, Canada. Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, two Oscar-shortlisted features: A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. White Pine is also the producer of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 episodes), and Cracked (21 episodes) created for the CBC and sold worldwide including France, Germany, and the USA. www.whitepinepictures.com
About Dundurn Press
Dundurn Press was founded in 1972 by Kirk Howard. At first a small publisher of Canadian non-fiction, Dundurn has, in its 45 years to date, grown and changed along with Canada. Over the years it acquired twelve other distinguished Canadian publishers, keeping hundreds of Canadian titles in print and expanding the company’s publishing program into new areas. In 2014, Dundurn formed new partnerships with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and the Commonwealth Foundation. Dundurn was a founding member, in 2015, of the Commonwealth Book Publishers Association, which provides a strong voice to authors and publishers in the 52 countries of the Commonwealth.
About OMDC From Page to Screen
The OMDC From Page to Screen event has been created to promote the adaptation of Canadian fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature published by Ontario publishers to the big and small screens. It provides a forum for Ontario film and television producers to meet with publishers in scheduled, one-on-one meetings.
To request an advance copy of the manuscript, please contact Senior Publicist Michelle Melski at Dundurn Press:
416 214-5544 x222
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