Paramount & Anonymous Option Books by Young Sleuth


HOLLYWOOD: Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights for 9-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak’s four-book series Hilde Cracks the Case, the first of which will be released by Scholastic in fall 2017.

Hilde Cracks the Case is based on the real news stories that Lysiak has covered throughout her aspiring career as a journalist. The mystery series stars Lysiak alongside her older sister Izzy, who is her sidekick and newspaper photographer. The agreement also includes Lysiak’s life story rights.

Paramount TV will serve as the lead production studio, with Anonymous’s Joy Gorman Wettels and Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary & Media Management on board as executive producers. Hilde Cracks the Case is the latest project in the collaboration between Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, which have a first-look production deal for scripted television programming.

“When we first learned about Hilde and what she was accomplishing at just 9 years old, we knew her stories would make an impact on youth across the country, showing them what they can accomplish if they set their mind toward a goal,” said Amy Powell, the president of Paramount TV. “One of the best parts of our job is working with young talent and, along with our partners at Anonymous Content, we’re excited to create a series based on Hilde’s fresh voice and real-life sleuthing.”

“I sat behind Hilde and her family at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards when she was honored and was blown away by this brave little change-maker who believes kids should be taken seriously, seek the truth and have a real voice,” added Gorman Wettels. “As producers and parents, we aspire to create content that can have a positive impact. With a hero like Hilde and the support of Amy Powell and her team at Paramount, we intend to make a show that kids can be empowered by.”