‘Fosse/Verdon’ Writer Ike Holter Developing Limited Series About Chicago’s First Black Mayor Harold Washington For Justin Baldoni’s Wayfarer Studios

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There would likely have been no President Obama without Washington as mayor with Obama saying that he originally moved to Chicago “in part because of the inspiration of Mayor Washington’s campaign.”
Barker and Scott Schwartz, while Wayfarer Studios’ Andrew Calof And Tracy Ryerson are the executives in charge of production. Brandon Riley, who first optioned the book for development, will produce the series aling with M.E.
It will tell the story of Washington, who toppled political corruption and empowered an entire community of Black voters during the city’s quickly changing landscape of the 1980s.
Washington, who was besieged by issues including his tax affairs, was mayor between 1983 and 1987, when he died in office.
Ike Holter, a writer on FX’s Fosse/Verdon, is penning a limited series about Washington for Wayfarer Studios, the production company founded by Jane The Virgin star Justin Baldoni and billionaire Paylocity founder Steve Sarowitz.
EXCLUSIVE: Chicago’s first Black mayor Harold Washington, an influential figure to politicians including President Barack Obama, is getting the TV treatment.
Holter (left), who won Yale's annual Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, one of the highest awards for playwriting in the world, is writing the adaptation and Baldoni and Sarowitz will exec produce on behalf of Wayfarer Studios
The untitled series is based on Gary Rivlin’s book Fire on the Prairie, which was published in 1992.
This multiracial coaltion helped replace a political machine put in place by former mayor Richard Daley and he beat incumbent mayor Jane Byrne and future mayor and son of Richard Daley, Richard J. Daley. In a move that echoes Stacy Abrams’ work in Georgia, Washington was able to win the Democratic mayoral primary by registering hundreds of thousands of new voters, including a coalition with Latino reformed gang Young Lord.

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