EXCLUSIVE: Canada’s Marblemedia and LA- and Toronto-based Fae Pictures have teamed to develop political prime-time drama collection Salt, from screenwriter Abdul Malik (Transplant, Peace By Chocolate).

Blown Away producer Marblemedia acquired rights to the venture on the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival’s Series Accelerator program.

Salt follows Mohammad “Mo” Akram, raised by a rich and politically influential Muslim household that’s reeling from a scandal that’s decimated the U.S.’s working class. Seeking to make amends for his father’s errors, he takes a job as a ‘salt’ — somebody who will get a job at a selected office with the intention of organizing a union — so he can infiltrate and covertly carry collectively the employees at an opulent worldwide resort chain in Chicago from the within.

The collection will handle the resurgent labor motion at present sweeping by means of the U.S. in a world formed by Malik’s private insights working inside the motion for a decade.

Malik spent a decade on the entrance traces of labor and environmental actions as a doc maker, which led to him co-writing function Peace By Chocolate, which premiered on the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. He additionally wrote on NBC medical drama Transplant and have movies Streams Flow From a River and Queen Tut.

“A collection like that is actually near my coronary heart,” stated Malik. “It goals to do nothing lower than articulate the thrilling world of labour unions, a world I do know intimately, whereas talking to the pressing points and unbelievable uplift we’ve seen working class individuals obtain over the previous few years by preventing for his or her rights.”

He adde the collection would discover “energy in all its varieties, and is aware of the ethical complexities of its world in a manner that makes for rapt tv.”

“We are thrilled so as to add Salt to marblemedia’s ever increasing content material slate,” stated Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy, VP Scripted at marblemedia. “After assembly Abdul, listening to his story and studying his voice, we knew this was a venture we wanted to be part of. The collection is aligned with our mandate to share tales which are rooted in genuine voices which are daring, inspiring and have a constructive impression. We are proud to develop IP about subjects that provoke dialog and provoke change, whereas charming audiences who covet good, propulsive leisure.”

“We wish to entice high producing companions, worldwide expertise and a showrunner who will align with Abdul’s inventive imaginative and prescient.”

“On our mission to decolonize Hollywood, Salt is available in as a collection that shatters our expectations of a political drama that includes an prosperous and influential Muslim household towards the backdrop of the struggles of America’s working class,” stated Shant Joshi, president of Fae Pictures.

Malik is repped by META Talent Agency.

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