EXCLUSIVE: Paul Lee’s independent study wiip (Easten hoppe) has chosen the rights to Gary M. Pomerantz’s best-selling non-fiction book Where Peachtree meets Sweet Auburn: The Saga of Two Families and The Making of Atlanta to adapt to television.
IN Where Peachtree meets Sweet Auburn, Pomerantz traces five generations of two of Atlanta’s defining political family dynasties – Allens, descended from slave owners, and Dobbses, descended from slaves. These families produced the two most influential mayors of the modern south: Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson Jr.
Through interviews and research, Pomerantz shows how families rose to social, economic, and political prominence, but also demonstrates how their compelling lives paralleled the changing relationships between Atlanta’s blacks and whites as the city grew to become the capital of the New South. It is a representative story of a city’s transformation and the whole of the South.
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Wiip’s Lee and Hope Hartman (Pistol) will act as executive producers on the project.
Where Peachtree meets Sweet Auburn was named a New York Times This year’s remarkable book and has been positively reviewed by USA Today, Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post Book World.
Pomerantz is the author of six non-fiction books on topics ranging from history to sports to civil rights. His latest, The last pass, a New York Times bestseller about an old man relating to his racial apology centers on Boston Celtics legends Bob Cousy and Bill Russell, both winners of the Presidential Medal for Freedom. He also wrote VISNE, 1962, about Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point NBA game; Nine minutes, twenty seconds, about a plane crash; The Devil’s Tickets about a murder and trial in the jazz age; and Their life’s work, a tale of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers exploring the gifts and costs of football.
Deal was mediated by Lucy Stille at Lucy Stille Literary on behalf of the David Black Agency.