Showtime has greenlit a pilot for a potential drama called “Coercion”, written and directed by Susannah Grant (“Unbelievable”, “Erin Brockovich”) and starring Sydney Chandler (“Don’t Worry Darling”, “Pistol”). The series, produced by wiip, is inspired by the life of Rebecca Bender, a national leader on and survivor of sex trafficking.
The logline: Rebecca Bender (Sydney Chandler) is now one of the nation’s foremost experts on the subject and a leading consultant for federal law enforcement on how to spot it, prosecute it and protect the victims in its web. The series picks up with her escape from this world after six years, her struggles to return to a “normal” life, and her emergence as a confident, funny and impassioned advocate for justice.
“Coercion” is executive produced by Grant, Bender, Gail Lyon, and Rosanna Arquette, who is a longtime advocate for survivors of sex trafficking. Paul Lee and Hope Hartman of wiip also serve as executive producers.