Hillary Clinton to bring female voting rights story to television

FILE PHOTO: Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State listens to Journalist Brown during the Women In The World Summit in New York
FILE PHOTO: Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State listens to Journalist Tina Brown during the Women In The World Summit in New York City, U.S., April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

August 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton is adding a new skill to her resume: television producer.

The losing 2016 U.S. presidential candidate said on Wednesday she was working with director Steven Spielberg to bring a book about women’s fight for voting rights to television.

“I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Steven Spielberg to bring @efweiss5’s book ‘The Woman’s Hour’ to TV,” Clinton said in a statement on her Twitter account, referring to author Elaine Weiss.

“It’s about the women who fought for suffrage nearly 100 years ago. We stand on their shoulders, and I’m delighted to have a hand in helping to tell their stories,” she added.

The Hollywood Reporter said that Clinton would act as an executive producer on the show in a deal with Spielberg’s Amblin TV. No writer or network has yet signed on to the project, but the Hollywood Reporter said Clinton is expected to have hands-on involvement in the development of the show, including casting.

The project will mark Clinton’s debut as a TV producer and follows a deal in May between Netflix and former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce films, documentaries and other content for the streaming service.

“The Woman’s Hour” tells the story of the long crusade by American women to get the right to vote and the forces of history, culture and politics that hindered their effort. It was published in March.

Since losing her bid to become the first female U.S. president, Clinton has written a memoir about her campaign, “What Happened,” and launched the political action group Onward Together.

She is also due to make a guest appearance as herself in an October episode of television’s “Madam Secretary,” about a fictional female U.S. Secretary of State that is widely thought to be inspired by Clinton’s own time at the U.S. State Department from 2009 to 2013.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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