Thursday, May 18, 2017
Delighted to announce ALL THAT GLITTERS has been given a greenlight as a six-hour mini-series for BRAVO. I'm teaming again with my Masters of Sex exec producer Judith Verno at Sony and with the wonderful Gale Anne Hurd ("Walking Dead") to put this all together!
It all began as an article for Newsday's Sunday magazine that piqued my interest in doing a book about S.I. Newhouse Jr.'s glittering media empire. Newhouse really was the king of culture in NYC at the time. Later, the late great New York Newsday editor Don Forst ran a four-day series based on excerpts from the book, which was quite controversial at the time. The Times hated the book, the WashPost liked it, and Liz Smith loved it and devoted her whole column to it. I won the Frank Luther Mott Award for best media book, a prize that heroes of mine like Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, David Halberstam and Meyer Berger had won in the past.
So yes, much of the TV drama will focus on the so-called rivalry between Tina Brown and Anna Wintour, but it's also about women breaking through in an all-man's world and even more so about the direction of American journalism and its impact today. After "Masters of Sex" finished its fourth and final season last November, I was keeping my fingers crossed that this one would come through. Hopefully it does as well as Masters.