Memoir of entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson in development into scripted TV series


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TORONTO – The rags-to-rich memories of Canadian entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson are being developed into a scripted television series.

Toronto-based Marblemedia said it acquired the rights to adapt Dickinson’s 2011 book, “Persuasion,” into an hour-long drama.

The former “Dragons’ Den” star will executive produce the series, alongside Marblemedia’s Matthew Hornburg, Mark Bishop and Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy.

Alexandra Zarowny of “Wynonna Earp” and “Private Eyes” is about to write and produce.

Producers say the project will be propelled by a creative team of women both behind and in front of the camera.

They say the show will offer a different take on the commercial dog-eating dog dramas that dominate the small screen.

Marblemedia says the show will take inspiration from Dickinson’s rise in the marketing world to dramatize the battle to do business “ethically and honestly.”

“The world needs a show that demonstrates a different approach to doing business successfully and that inspires women to break down barriers to achieve their dreams,” Dickinson said in a statement Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 15, 2021.

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