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Two of publishing’s biggest names are getting the small screen treatment.
Bravo has greenlit a limited scripted series centered on former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown and Vogue chief Anna Wintour.
Announced Monday as part of NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation, All That Glitters is a six-part drama that will examine the rivalry and friendship between the pop culture and fashion icons. Based on Thomas Maier’s award-winning book Newhouse, the series will look at the true story of Brown and Wintour’s impressive ascents. As they have to fight their way to the top of a male-dominated industry driven by greed and betrayal, they each find new paths to change the world around them — Tina, through the intersection of high-culture and celebrity, and Anna with a gut instinct for high fashion and emerging talent.
Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal (Roots) will write and exec produce with Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Judith Verno (Masters of Sex). Maier will produce. Universal Cable Productions will produce in association with Sony Pictures Television.
The move into limited series comes three years after the NBCUniversal cable channel’s initial foray into scripted programming. Long known for unscripted offerings like the Real Housewives franchise and Vanderpump Rules, Bravo now boasts three scripted series with drama Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, half-hour comedy Odd Mom Out and the recently renewed con-artist dark comedy Imposters.
In the Peak TV era, similar anthology and limited series have become ratings hits (and prestige plays) for FX (see: American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Fargo) and HBO (Big Little Lies), among others.
While Bravo has found Emmy success with its long-running Top Chef franchise, UCP has also been in the awards conversation thanks to buzzy hacker drama Mr. Robot.
The pickup is also a key green light for Sony Pictures Television. In addition to several series cancellations (see: Dr. Ken, Blacklist: Redemption), the independent studio also saw several of its pilots passed over in the last week as broadcast networks pushed more for ownership.
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