The CW is in development on a script for “The Woman’s Hour,” an anthology drama based on the Elaine Weiss book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote” that is being produced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Television.
The first season of the drama will examine the suffragette’s battle to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Each season of the drama will look to highlight those who have changed history and whose impact reverberate to the present. August 2020 marked the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Clinton, Weiss, and Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producing the series, with “Halt and Catch Fire” co-executive producer Angelina Burnett serving as writer, showrunner and executive producer. Burnett previously worked on Amblin Television’s “The Americans” and has held producing and writing roles for “Genius,” ‘Hannibal,” and “Boss.” She has also been organizing ever since volunteering in the 2008 primary and being hired to run the Nevada Border State program that year.
Amblin Television optioned the rights to the book in 2018 after Clinton brought the project to Spielberg, the chairman of Amblin and a longtime supporter; the book first came to Clinton’s attention after Weiss strove to get her novel to the former Secretary of State, noting the parallels between the women’s suffrage movement and the 2016 presidential election between Clinton and Donald Trump.
Secretary Clinton is repped by Robert Barnett and Michael O’Connor at Williams & Connolly LLP and Steven Burkow at Ziffren Brittenham. Elaine Weiss is represented by WME.