Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton to Host Apple Docuseries ‘Gutsy Women’

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Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton are getting into business with Apple.

The duo are set to host and executive produce a docuseries called “Gutsy Women,” which has been handed a straight-to-series order at Apple TV Plus.

Inspired by their book “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience,” the series will spotlight a diverse cast of trailblazing women. It will see the Clintons set out on a quest to answer the question: what exactly does it take to be a Gutsy Woman?

It represents the latest in a string of projects either involving the former secretary of state or about her.

Clinton is teaming with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Warner Bros. TV to develop anthology drama “The Woman’s Hour” at CW, based on the Elaine Weiss book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.” While an alternative history series imagining that Hillary Rodham never married Bill Clinton is in the pipeline at Hulu with Sarah Treem attached to write and exec produce.

She was also the subject of a Hulu documentary series at the beginning of the year.

“Gutsy Women” is being produced for Apple by HiddenLight Productions, the newly-launched shingle founded by the two Clintons and Sam Branson. Johnny Webb and Roma Khanna are also on board as executive producers.

It joins a growing list of docuseries on Apple TV Plus, which already includes “The Oprah Conversation” and Emmy-nominated “Home” and “Dear…”

Secretary Clinton is repped by Robert Barnett and Michael O’Connor at Williams & Connolly LLP and Steven Burkow at Ziffren Brittenham.

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Biden appoints women from Obama and Clinton teams to top jobs

US president-elect Joe Biden has given top economics and communications positions to former aides to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, appointing women to a number of senior roles.

Mr Biden announced that Jennifer Psaki, the former White House communications director and State department spokesperson under Mr Obama, would serve as his White House press secretary. He also tapped Kate Bedingfield to be White House communications director after serving in that role for his presidential campaign.

The announcements came as it emerged that Neera Tanden, a former senior aide to Mrs Clinton, was set to be appointed White House budget director, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr Biden is also poised to name Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University labour economist, to be chair of the White House council of economic advisers. Prof Rouse would be the first African-American to lead the council.

The council will also include Jared Bernstein, Mr Biden’s former chief economist when he was vice-president, and Heather Boushey, an economist whose research is centred on combating inequality.

The economic appointments are likely to be announced this week with the selection of Janet Yellen, the former Fed chair, as Treasury secretary.

Ms Yellen is expected to be supported by Wally Adeyemo, president of the Obama foundation and a former international economic official during his administration, as deputy Treasury secretary. The economic appointments were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Additionally, Brian Deese, a former Obama administration official who works on sustainable investing at BlackRock, the fund manager, is the frontrunner to be director of the White House National Economic Council, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr Biden’s appointments emerged at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday, as the president-elect continued to fill out his team with a more diverse cast of senior officials than has been the case in previous administrations. This was one of the key promises of the Democratic candidate during his campaign.

“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Mr Biden said in a statement about his communications team on Sunday.

“These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better,” he added.

The economic choices also reflect his need to balance the different factions of the Democratic party. Ms Tanden has at times clashed with progressive Democrats and her nomination risks a backlash that could prove problematic, given that the budget director position requires Senate confirmation.

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Republicans also scoffed at her selection. “Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands zero chance of being confirmed,” said Drew Brandewie, a spokesperson for John Cornyn, the Texas senator.

Mr Biden’s picks for the White House council of economic advisers will be

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Chelsea Clinton — ‘I feel a deep gratitude to women athletes for what they have proven to be possible’

“It’s not easy to be a girl athlete,” the first line of Chelsea Clinton’s new children’s book, “She Persisted in Sports” reads.

“Girls are more likely to be told sports are for boys. Or that they’ll never be good enough, fast enough, strong enough and that their athletic dreams are unacceptable, even impossible. Don’t listen to those people.”

If there were ever a group of women who lived by those words, it would be those at the 2020 espnW: Women + Sports Summit, which starts on Oct. 20. Clinton will be on a panel with Julie Foudy on Tuesday, and ahead of her appearance, we talked to her about why she chose to write this book, the role that athletes have played in social justice — and the athlete her own daughter, Charlotte, wants to be.

ESPN: What made you decide to do a sports version of “She Persisted?” And how did you pick the athletes for the book?

Chelsea Clinton: My grandmother grew up in a time when there were not many opportunities for girls to play sports. There was not an acceptance that girls would play sports, could be athletes or would want to be athletes. And I have vivid memories of my grandmother talking to me about how much it meant to her to have role models like Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Wilma Rudolph. These women that she saw compete unapologetically and fiercely and yes, often successfully. They really inspired her later in life to take up tennis and helped her feel like not only was it OK, but that it was great.

Wilma Rudolph at the 1960 Olympics. AP Photo

So when I was choosing stories for the book, some of these stories are ones that I grew up with, and some were stories that I really remember feeling like I was a part of. When I was cheering on Kristi Yamaguchi — at home from my living room — or the moments when I was lucky enough to be there in person, like at the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta.

I feel a deep gratitude to women athletes for what they have proven to be possible. And I think that translates not only to women who are athletes, whatever that may mean at any point in our lives, but also to inspire us off the court, off of the field or track too.

ESPN: Has there been one athlete in particular who you’ve been inspired by?

CC: I think about Wilma Rudolph a lot these days because she overcame so many infectious diseases as a child, and I think about her during these times of COVID. She overcame polio, scarlet fever and pneumonia all before she went to kindergarten.

I also think about her because when she came home from the 1960 Olympics after she’d won her three gold medals, and was the first American woman athlete to do so, she refused to participate in segregated celebrations of her victories. And athletes hadn’t done that

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