×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Paramount TV, Anonymous Content Nab Rights to 9-Year-Old Reporter Hilde Lysiak’s Books (EXCLUSIVE)

Nine-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak — who made national headlines this April when she reported on a possible murder — is building out her growing resume, and is headed to TV.

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to the pint-sized journalist’s forthcoming book series “Hilde Cracks the Case” with the intent to develop a TV show based on the four mystery novels that will be released by Scholastic.

Inspired by true news stories that Lysiak has broken throughout her aspiring career as a journalist, the mystery novels star Hilde and her older sister Izzy, her sidekick newspaper photographer, as the two girls stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

The Paramount/Anonymous pact also includes the rights to Lysiak’s own life story. While the TV character will be based on Lysiak, she will not star in the project.

Described as a real-life “Harriet the Spy,” Lysiak made her own news in April when she was the first to report on a murder in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pa., breaking the story in her self-launched newspaper, Orange Street News. Her video report of the possible murder went viral. When she received backlash from critics who slammed her coverage, due to her age, she appeared on “Good Morning America” to defend herself amidst the outrage. “Just because I’m a girl, and just because I’m 9, doesn’t mean I can’t be a reporter,” she said on the morning show.

For the TV project, Paramount TV will serve as the lead production studio, while Anonymous Content’s Joy Gorman Wettels and Martin Literary & Media Management’s Sharlene Martin executive produce. Gorman Wettels has been pursuing the rights since April, and optioned them after a competitive bidding war. Paradigm and Del Shaw brokered the Paramount TV deal.

“I sat behind Hilde and her family at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards when she was honored and was blown away by this brave little change maker who believes kids should be taken seriously, seek the truth and have a real voice,” said Gorman Wettels. “As producers and parents, we aspire to create content that can have a positive impact. With a hero like Hilde and the support of Amy Powell and her team at Paramount, we intend to make a show that kids can be empowered by.”

“When we first learned about Hilde and what she was accomplishing at just 9 years old, we knew her stories would make an impact on youth across the country, showing them what they can accomplish if they set their mind towards a goal,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell. “One of the best parts of our job is working with young talent and, along with our partners at Anonymous Content, we’re excited to create a series based on Hilde’s fresh voice and real-life sleuthing.”

The first of Scholastic’s four “Hilde Cracks the Case” books will be released in fall 2017. The young reporter will co-author the books with her father, Matthew, who is also a journalist.

“Hilde Cracks the Case” is the latest project between Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, as the two companies have a first-look production deal for scripted television content. Other projects in the works include Netflix’s “Thirteen Reasons Why” from exec producers Selena Gomez, Tom McCarthy and Brian Yorkey; Netflix’s “Maniac,” starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill; TNT’s “The Alienist,” based on the book; and a “Battlefield” show, adapted from the video games.

More TV

  • Globe Centred On Asia And Oceania,

    APOS: Online Video Headed for 15% Annual Growth, Disrupting Asia Markets

    A blistering 15% annual growth of online video will give the Asian video industry (TV, pay-TV, home entertainment and streaming) a growth rate nearly double that of North America for the next five years. According to a new report from Media Partners Asia, published on the eve of the APOS conference in Indonesia, Asia’s online [...]

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    Writers Guild Says Over 7,000 Members Have Fired Agents

    Over 7,000 members of the Writers Guild of America have fired their talent agents, the Hollywood union said on Monday. As promised, the guild delivered a first round of termination letters to agents in a show of support for the WGA’s full-on war with the Association of Talent Agents. “Today the Guild delivered a first [...]

  • The Spanish Princess Starz

    TV Review: Starz's 'The Spanish Princess'

    With sumptuous costumes and a cast including a couple of familiar and beloved costume-drama players, Starz’s “The Spanish Princess,” about the travails of Catherine of Aragon, seems designed to appeal to lovers of broadly drawn historical romance. (It hits the air May 5 with a built-in fandom: Like past Starz miniseries including “The White Queen,” [...]

  • TV News Roundup: Jada Pinkett Smith's

    TV News Roundup: Amazon's 'Sneaky Pete' Releases Season 3 Trailer

    In today’s TV news roundup, Amazon Prime Video releases a trailer for Season 3 of “Sneaky Pete,” and “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith sets a return date on Facebook Watch. FIRST LOOKS The official trailer for the third season of “Sneaky Pete” on Amazon Prime Video has been released, showing off the new [...]

  • Tammy Filler Nathan Najarian NBC

    E! Expands News Coverage, Brings 'Today' Vet Tammy Filler Aboard (EXCLUSIVE)

    E! is expanding its entertainment-news programming, with plans to add three more hours of coverage to its linear schedule in 2020, Variety has learned. To help spearhead the effort, the cable channel is bringing aboard Tammy Filler, a veteran producer on NBC’s “Today,” to lead creative and production for E! News. The expansion of news [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content