Entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson's memoir being developed into scripted TV series

TORONTO — Canadian entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson's rags-to-riches memoir is being developed into a scripted TV series.

Toronto-based Marblemedia says it's optioned the rights to adapt Dickinson's 2011 book "Persuasion" into a one-hour drama.

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The former "Dragons' Den" star will be an executive producer on the show, alongside Marblemedia's Matthew Hornburg, Mark Bishop and Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy.

Alexandra Zarowny of "Wynonna Earp" and "Private Eyes" is set to write and executive produce.

Producers say the project will be powered 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 dog-eat-dog business dramas that dominate the small screen.

Marblemedia says the show will draw from Dickinson's rise in the world of marketing 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 barriers to reach their dreams," Dickinson said in a statement Tuesday.

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

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