Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios has optioned film and TV rights to Peter Duffy’s nonfiction book Double Agent: The First Hero Of World War II And How The FBI Outwitted And Destroyed A Nazi Spy Ring. Published last month by Scribner, Double Agent tells the true story of William Sebold, a Germany-born American citizen who risked his life to become the first double agent in FBI history. Sebold’s 16-month infiltration of New York City’s Nazi underground led to the arrest and conviction of 33 German spies at the dawn of America’s entrance into World War II. It remains the largest spy ring ever dismantled by the FBI.
“William Sebold thwarted operatives from Nazi Germany who were stealing America’s most vital military secrets right here on U.S. soil,” Said Piligian. “He was just an ordinary man, but without him, the history of World War II may have been written very differently.” Pilgrim produces both scripted and unscripted programming for television, including titles Fast N’ Loud, Street Outlaws, Ghost Hunters, The Ultimate Fighter. Swamp Pawn, Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley. Pilgrim also produced TV movies Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy and Abducted: The Carlina White Story for Lifetime. Duffy is repped by publishing agent Mary Evans. RWSG’s Sylvie Rabineau brokered the deal with Pilgrim Studios.
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