EXCLUSIVE: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is set to begin production on a movie adaptation of Katie Lee Biegel’s bestselling debut novel Groundswell. Beigel, a popular Food Network host, will serve as executive producer on the project and will make a cameo appearance.
The movie is set to premiere on the network later this year.
“I am so thrilled to be working with Hallmark to bring my novel Groundswell to the screen,” said Biegel. “This project has been a long time in the making and it’s a dream come true to see my characters brought to life for viewers. I could not be happier!”
“As an award-winning television personality, chef, cookbook writer and bestselling novelist, it seems that there’s nothing Katie Lee Biegel can’t do,” said Elizabeth Yost, SVP Programming at Crown Media Family Networks. “We are so excited to work with her on yet another accomplishment … bringing her wonderful debut novel, Groundswell, to life on screen … and know that viewers will fall in love with this story.”
Groundswell follows an Atlanta chef named Emma who, on the heels of a personal and professional setback, travels to Hawaii where she meets a reclusive surf instructor named Ben whose lessons help her to regain her footing.
Biegel is co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen. She can be seen regularly on the network’s Best. Ever. and Beat Bobby Flay, and as a judge for the Halloween Baking Championship series. She hosted three seasons of Cooking Channel’s Beach Bites with Katie Lee and has two web series for FoodNetwork.com — Katie Lee Eats Meat, In Sweats and What Would Katie Eat?
She also regularly appears on Rachael Ray and Today.
Biegel has written four cookbooks, including It’s Not Complicated that was released in March 2021. She published her first novel, Groundswell, in 2011.
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