Blumhouse Television announced that award-winning journalist Gretchen Carlson is partnering with the indie studio to develop an interview series which Blumhouse will produce.
Known for award-winning, thought-provoking fare including “The Normal Heart”, “The Jinx”, and “Sharp Objects”, Blumhouse Television is the studio behind the Showtime limited series about the former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, “The Loudest Voice”. The series which is nominated for Golden Globe®, Critics Choice® and Writers Guild® awards depicts Carlson’s time at the network with Ailes as well as her departure and the filing of her unprecedented lawsuit against Ailes.
One of America’s most successful news anchors, Carlson’s courageous decision to speak out against Ailes gave voice to the silent and silenced, and her historic 2016 sexual harassment suit against her former boss was instrumental to ushering in the #MeToo movement.
The forthcoming series will see the return of Carlson to the interviewer’s chair, and feature special guests to discuss topical, provocative subject matter, including #MeToo and the movement’s evolution.
“Gretchen is one of the most respected news anchors and a formidable advocate for women’s empowerment. Since developing The Loudest Voice our respect for her has only increased. We see a kindred spirit in Gretchen who is unafraid to shine a light where others may not dare to look and we’re happy that she has made Blumhouse a home,” said Jeremy Gold and Marci Wiseman, co-presidents of Blumhouse Television.
“Since filing my lawsuit three years ago, helping to tell the stories of brave women and give a voice to the voiceless has become my passion. I am thrilled to be partnering with Blumhouse as I continue to explore more untold stories and create a platform for necessary conversations. Blumhouse is known for its compelling and unique storytelling and I’m grateful to be partnering with such an incredible company as I enter the next chapter of my television career,” said Carlson.
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2017, Carlson is a New York Times best-selling author of “Be Fierce” and a globally recognized empowerment advocate. In December 2019, Carlson founded the organization “Lift Our Voices” with former Fox News colleagues Julie Roginsky and Diana Falzone. Its mission is to end the practice of Non-Disclosure Agreements, confidentiality provisions and forced arbitration clauses that have prevented employees from publicly discussing and disclosing toxic workplace conditions, including sexual harassment and assault.
Carlson made her return to television in 2019 with a three-part documentary deal with A+E Originals. Carlson Executive Produced and hosted the three documentary specials, one of which examined the untold stories of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace across the nation.
Carlson is represented by ICM and managed by Ashley Bekton and Untitled Entertainment.
Blumhouse Television has earned critical acclaim and numerous honors for its dark, edgy fare including Emmy® awards for its productions of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and “The Jinx”, as well as the prestigious Peabody award for “The Jinx” and the documentary How to Dance in Ohio. Blumhouse Television launched as an independent studio in 2017 with funding from ITV. Projects since the studio’s launch include: the Showtime limited series “The Good Lord Bird”, from Ethan Hawke, James McBride, Mark Richard and Albert Hughes premiering 2020; “The Loudest Voice”, the Golden Globe® and Critics Choice nominated limited series for Showtime, based on journalist Gabriel Sherman’s reporting on former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, starring Russell Crowe nominated for a Golden Globe® for his role as Aisles, with Tom McCarthy writing and executive producing; and Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominated “Sharp Objects”, the limited series from Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn for HBO based on Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name, starring Amy Adams, Golden Globe® winner Patricia Clarkson, and directed by Jean-Marc Valle. The studio also produces “The Purge”, the #1 drama on USA Network this year, from writer/director/producer James DeMonaco and based on the popular film franchise; and the holiday-themed anthology event series “Into the Dark” for Hulu. Blumhouse continues its true docuseries tradition with projects in production for FX, Sundance, and Oxygen. Blumhouse Television is the latest venture from Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, which is widely recognized for its pioneering model of producing high-quality micro-budget films including The Purge, Get Out, BlacKkKlansman and Halloween.
Journalist, author and empowerment advocate Gretchen Carlson helped pave the way for #MeToo with her historic 2016 sexual harassment complaint against the chairman of Fox News. Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and author of the New York Times bestseller “Be Fierce”, Carlson is one of America’s most successful news anchors and a globally recognized advocate for women’s empowerment. In 2018, Carlson signed with A+E Originals to produce documentary specials, beginning with a look at the national reckoning of sexual harassment in the workplace. Her groundbreaking two-hour documentary special, “Gretchen Carlson: Breaking The Silence” premiered in January 2019 on Lifetime. Carlson previously hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News and co-hosted the number-one-rated cable morning news show, “Fox and Friends,” for more than seven years. Carlson started her television career as a political reporter in Richmond, Virginia, and then served as an anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dallas.
In 2000 Carlson moved to national news as co-host and correspondent on CBS’ “The Saturday Early Show,” where she covered some of the world’s biggest stories, including the 9-11 terrorist attack from the World Trade Center, the Bush-Gore election, and Oklahoma City Bomber Tim McVeigh’s execution. She also reported and produced a 30-part series on domestic violence that won several national awards. In 2016, Carlson released her first book, “Getting Real,” a candid best-selling memoir detailing her inspiring story and offering important takeaways about the meaning of striving for and finding success in the real world. Carlson’s second title, “Be Fierce” debuted in October 2017 and immediately became a New York Times bestseller. “Be Fierce” shares Carlson’s experience and powerful stories from the thousands of women who reached out to her who refused to submit to intimidation of any kind. The book provides the wisdom and research of lawyers, psychologists, and other experts helping to confront this problem and advance what has become an international conversation about women refusing to shut up and sit down. Gretchen Carlson is a tireless advocate for workplace equality.
Carlson continues to share her experience as well as engage in necessary and meaningful conversations at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences and summits. She has graced the stages as a speaker at TED conferences, the Women in the World Summit, the Forbes Women’s Summit and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, among others.