9:48am PT by Lesley Goldberg
OWN Alum Sheri Salata, Nate Berkus Option 'The Gilded Razor' for TV (Exclusive)
Five months after exiting OWN as co-president, Sheri Salata is diving back into the TV world.
The executive has teamed with Nancy Hala to launch production company Story and, in partnership with Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, has optioned Sam Lansky's memoir The Gilded Razor for television. The goal is to develop the property as an ongoing scripted drama series.
The Gilded Razor is the true story of a double life. By the age of 17, Lansky was an all-star student with Ivy League aspirations in his final year at an elite New York prep school. But a nasty addiction to prescription pills spiraled rapidly out of control, compounded by a string of reckless affairs with older men, leaving his bright future in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he tried to straighten out. Yet, as he journeyed from the glittering streets of Manhattan to a wilderness boot camp in Utah and a psych ward in New Orleans, he only found more opportunities to create chaos — until finally, he began to face himself.
The book was published by Simon & Schuster earlier this year.
"What a thrill to join forces with my fellow producers Nancy Hala, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent and of course author Sam Lansky, to bring The Gilded Razor to life," Salata said Wednesday in a statement. "From first read we were captivated by his powerful memoir of broken lives, damaged love and sexual chaos through the foggy haze of a 17-year-old addict’s world.”
Added Berkus: "I am excited to partner with Story and Sam to explore the possibilities of The Gilded Razor."
Story is a media company focused on producing print, TV, film and digital content. Salata, a former executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, most recently exited her role as co-president at OWN after a five-year run. Hala is a brand strategist, writer and producer who led her own firm working with Fortune 500 companies and served as vp strategy at Red Interactive before launching Story. Power couple Berkus and Brent have their syndicated show launching in 2017. Lansky is an editor at Time.
Berkus and Lansky are repped by WME.