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Carol Leifer Adapting ‘How to Succeed’ Memoir as Comedy For Gaumont TV

Gaumont International Television is developing a comedy series based on Carol Leifer’s 2014 book “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying.”

Leifer is writing a script based on material in “How to Succeed,” a blend of memoir and life advice offered by the seasoned comedy writer and performer.

Leifer’s credits range from “Seinfeld” and “Saturday Night Live” to “Modern Family” to numerous awards shows including CBS’ Tonycast that aired earlier this month. She was also just named a co-exec producer on the NBC comedy-reality series “Better Late Than Never.” She is a four-time Emmy nominee.

Gaumont International TV is expanding into comedy series after establishing its U.S. outpost with drama series including the “Silence of the Lambs” prequel “Hannibal” and Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove.” “Hannibal” is about to end its three-season run on NBC but may well relocate to another outlet for new episodes.

Gaumont at present is also producing an animated comedy series for Netflix, “F is for Family,” inspired by the standup comedy of Bill Burr.

The deal was brokered for Leifer by APA and Felker Toczek.

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