12:26pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Harvey Weinstein Is Adapting His Harassment Lawyer Lisa Bloom's Book for TV
Lisa Bloom, the attorney advising Harvey Weinstein in the wake of the New York Times exposé about his "decades of sexual harassment," is also on The Weinstein Co.'s payroll for an upcoming docuseries.
Bloom's 2014 book Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice is one of two titles being used as source material for the TWC-produced docuseries Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. The six-part project — produced by Jay Z and The Weinstein Co. — was picked up in April by the soon-to-launch Paramount Network. (The second book is Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.)
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: My book SUSPICION NATION is being made into a miniseries, produced by Harvey Weinstein and Jay Z! https://t.co/Z4pu7y0TfX— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) April 7, 2017
Rest in Power was the first new nonscripted series picked up specifically for Paramount Network, which is rebranding from Spike TV on Jan. 18. The docuseries is one of multiple projects that TWC is producing for Paramount Network and the second docuseries for Spike/Paramount following Spike's Time: The Kalief Broder Story. (TWC is also producing the scripted miniseries Waco as well as Paramount Network's first straight-to-series drama, Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner. Elsewhere on TV, the company produces History drama Six as well as Amazon's pricey David O. Russell and Matt Weiner series.)
Civil rights attorney Bloom is the daughter of Gloria Allred, who has represented women in sexual harassment cases against Bill O'Reilly, among others. Bloom defended Weinstein on Thursday, calling him "an old dinosaur learning new ways."
"Harvey is not going to demean or attack any of the women making accusations against him, although he does dispute many of the allegations," Bloom said in a statement after the Times exposé was published. "Instead, he is going to use this as a painful learning experience to grow into a better man. I will continue to work with him personally for as long as it takes."
She continued: "In addition, Harvey has asked me to do a comprehensive review of his company's policies and practices regarding women in the workplace. I will make recommendations to ensure that gender equality and zero tolerance for workplace misconduct aren't just goals, but a reality."
In her book, Bloom — who covered the Martin murder trial — outlines the mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose what she called the "winnable case."
The Paramount Network docuseries is currently in production and will launch in 2018. A specific date has not yet been determined.