Management and production company developing feature film script based on
candid memoir about newscaster’s alcohol and drug abuse and road to recovery
while rising through the news business
LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2020 – She was 26, blonde, beautiful and had just been hired by Fox News as a national correspondent, making her the youngest on-air talent in the history of the cable network. Courtney Friel’s battle to succeed in the news business paled in comparison to the battle of alcohol and drug addiction she was fighting.
Zero Gravity Management, a leading management and production company, has optioned the rights to Friel’s book, “Tonight At 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News,” acquiring it for Zero Gravity’s INSPIRE division.
“Zero Gravity looks forward to developing Courtney’s story into a feature film. Our INSPIRE division champions stories that uphold the triumph of the human spirit and Courtney’s journey aligns perfectly with this,” said Andriana Williams, head of development for Zero Gravity’s INSPIRE division. “Her story is both comedic while also being sensitive to those struggling with addiction. The contrast of being a straitlaced Fox reporter and a party girl is also something ripe for humor with the potential to appeal to a large demographic.”
Glen Clarkson of Synergy Management is representing Friel in the deal.
“Tonight at 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News” shares experiences and insights into addiction and the world of network news, including detailing encounters with Donald Trump and Roger Ailes while at Fox News. The book gives readers a front row seat to Friel’s topsy-turvy life while she abused alcohol and drugs, entered rehab and her subsequent journey into sobriety.
Zero Gravity Management is a progressive entertainment company, creating entertainment such as OZARK. A full-service production company, the firm handles development, finance, execution and sale of projects in film, television and new media. Zero Gravity works with all major and mini-major studios, producing feature films and television series. In the literary world, Zero Gravity’s reputation has been built upon its hands-on development process to generate elevated and unique material. Zero Gravity’s INSPIRE acquires bestsellers and develops diverse projects across every genre, with the paramount goal to create thought-provoking entertainment that possesses authenticity and heart.
Courtney Friel has been a news anchor at KTLA-TV, the No. 1 news station in Los Angeles, since 2013. She also hosts the highly successful podcast “Keepin’ It Friel: Conversations on Recovery.” In 2007 Friel was hired by Fox News Channel as a national news correspondent and fill-in host for “Fox & Friends,” where she worked for six years. Previously she reported for CBS, ABC and Fox affiliate stations as well as shows including “America’s Most Wanted,” “Extra,” and “E! News.” Friel has more than a decade sober and speaks around the country on the topic of sobriety. Friel was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia and currently resides in Los Angeles with her fiancé and two children.
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