We are thrilled to announce that Gar LaSalle's first book, Widow Walk, has been optioned by Heyou, a Seattle-based new media company, and that they will partner on bringing the story to the screen. It's inspiring to see a Pacific Northwest media company support and partner with a Pacific Northwest author to tell a little-known Pacific Northwest story!
HEYOU MEDIA OPTIONS THE RIGHT TO PRODUCE GERARD LASALLE’S AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL SAGA, “WIDOW WALK”
“Game of Thrones-Style” Fiction Joins the New Media Company’s Production Line-Up of Pacific Northwest Stories and Artists
Seattle, WA - May 24, 2017 – Heyou Media, a new media and content aggregator company founded by actor and filmmaker Tom Skerritt, announced today that the Seattle group has secured the option to produce the first book in the popular historical fiction saga “Widow Walk.” Developed and written by Gerard (Gar) LaSalle, “Widow Walk” is an award-winning story of a frontier family set in the tumultuous early days of the Pacific Northwest when American settlers, indigenous peoples, and American and British armies clashed for supremacy.
Heyou Media describes “Widow Walk” as a “Game of Thrones-style saga based in the Pacific Northwest.” LaSalle’s work has also been compared to “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Cold Mountain.” Both books were made into feature movies.
“Gar and ‘Widow Walk’ represent the high-caliber artists and stories rich in our region and help support a large part of Heyou Media’s mission,” said Skerritt, Heyou Media Founder and Chairman. “We are leveraging the emerging alternative media revolution to create a viable new media and visual entertainment content business to produce, aggregate, curate and distribute outstanding content from around the world. The Heyou Media movement is now stronger with Gar involved.”
LaSalle selected Heyou Media because of Skerritt’s industry reputation and Heyou Media’s innovative business model.
"I am thrilled to collaborate with Heyou Media, an experienced new media company that breaks the mold and cuts through the obstacles that so often encumber creative projects,” said LaSalle. “I chose to work with Tom and Heyou Media because they are blazing a path designed to showcase award-winning local artist partnerships and new media formats. It will be exciting to watch how Heyou Media will transform the evolution, look, and feel of future new media productions.”
An Emmy Award actor, director and writer in the entertainment industry, Skerritt is recognized for his work in the award-winning films M*A*S*H, TURNING POINT, ALIEN, TOP GUN, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and CONTACT; innumerable television shows, such as the Emmy Award CBS series, PICKET FENCES; and Broadway productions. Skerritt founded The Film School in 2004 and the RED BADGE PROJECT, a storytelling program for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
About Gar LaSalle
Gar LaSalle (www.garlasalle.com) is an award-winning author and filmmaker, a physician, a sculptor, and a creator who has been honored widely in the fine arts and medical communities for his leadership and creativity. “Widow Walk,” published in 2014, won multiple awards including the Eric Hoffer Award for Literature, the Indie Readers Award for Best Novel, and the San Francisco Book Festival Grand Jury Prize for General Fiction. Book III of the saga is slated for release in the Fall of 2017 by Seattle’s own Solipsis Publishing.
About Heyou Media
Founded in 2016 by Tom Skerritt, Heyou Media, Inc. (www.heyoumedia.com) is an aggregator of new media visual entertainment content, including music, film, short-story video, web series, virtual reality and special interest videos. The company is focused on curating, creating and distributing web content from around the world. In addition to “Widow Walk,” Heyou Media is producing David Guterson’s “East of the Mountains,” Skerritt’s PTS-focused “What We Came to Be,” and a newly produced STROLLER GANGS web series. Heyou Media, Inc. is based in Seattle, Washington.