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MTV Adapting Kirsten Smith's YA Novel 'Trinkets' (Exclusive)
YA author Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith is bringing MTV her Trinkets.
The Viacom-owned cable network is teaming with the author to bring her book Trinkets to the small screen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Trinkets, first published in 2013, revolves around three teenage girls who meet in Shoplifter’s Anonymous. Their secret friendship transforms their social, home and romantic lives.
Smith co-created the series with Andrea Seigel (Laggies), with the latter on board to pen the script for the comedy. Smith will exec produce with Morgan J. Freeman and Dia Sokol Savage of 11th Street Productions. Trinkets expands the company's relationship with MTV, with the company also producing Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant. The comedy is the company's first foray into scripted programming. (For his part, Freeman's directorial debut Hurricane Streets won three awards at the Sundance Film Festival.)
Smith, meanwhile, counts co-writing 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde among her credits. Seigel has also written three YA novels, including Viking's Everybody Knows Your Name.
“We want to make an authentic, smart spin on the Breakfast Club — but with girls and shoplifting,” Smith said. “Andrea’s the perfect writer to bring these characters to life for television.”
Seigel is repped by UTA; 11th Street is with CAA and Smith is with WME.