The Weinstein Company has optioned rights to Richard North Patterson’s bestselling series of Kerry Kilcannon novels, which Weinstein TV will develop as a potential political drama series. Patterson’s books follows U.S. President Kilcannon from his campaign for presidency through some of the most difficult moments of the job. The character was introduced by in his 1998 novel No Safe Place.
The deal includes two Patterson crossover novels, The Final Judgment and Conviction. TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said he was turned on to the series by President Bill Clinton, who recommended Protect And Defend to Harvey years ago as one of his favorite books.
The move comes amid more executive shuffles at the Weinstein outfit. Today, Dan Guando, President of U.S. Production and Acquisitions, exited, as did longtime president of publicity Dani Weinstein.
As a result of Guando’s exit, current SVPs Brendon Boyea and Jennifer Malloy have been named acting co-heads of TWC’s U.S. Production and Acquisitions under Negeen Yazdi, Head of International Production and Acquisitions. Meanwhile, current Weinstein Television’s head of unscripted programming Patrick Reardon will take on a new role, handling all TV marketing.
Nicole Quenqua and Marguerite Michael were named co-heads of TWC Publicity in the wake of Dani Weinstein’s exit, while TWC-Dimension upped Pantea Ghaderi to EVP Publicity.