Muzyka signed the agreement with Leverage Management, a production company operated by rapper turned Oscar-nominated-actor
The deal stayed under wraps until this week, when it was reported by the entertainment industry publication Variety.
"I won the cool mom award with this one," Muzyka said Wednesday. "Sage's first reaction was to remind me that
Still in the preproduction stage, the series will be loosely based on Muzyka's motivational memoir, "Life by the Cup," which will be published by the
Subtitled "Ingredients for a Purpose-Filled Life of Bottomless Happiness and Limitless Success," the book delves into Muzyka's Ukrainian gypsy ancestry and her experiences studying herbal medicines in
Each chapter focuses on a different organic, fair-trade tea blend and the life-lesson story of how it came to be.
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Muzyka also has given the show's producers several years worth of the daily journals she has been writing since age 6.
"That's to help them with character development. There's nothing in there that I wouldn't want anyone to see," Muzyka said with a laugh.
A 1993 graduate of
Leverage learned about Muzyka's manuscript from
Despite its history of producing male-dominated shows for HBO and A&E, Leverage is the perfect choice for such female-centric material, Muzyka said.
"They have great sense of humor. They also have a lot of free rein with what they are going to do with the characters. We have yet to see how sexy or unruly things will get," she said, laughing again.
An email to Leverage Management seeking comment about the project was not immediately returned.
The impending publication of "Life by the Cup" is accompanied by the launch of a lifestyle website devoted to inspiring other women to start businesses that tap into their passions while helping others, Muzyka said.
Visitors to the site, http://www.zhena.tv, can sign up to receive emails detailing meditation exercises and watch DIY videos on tea ceremonies.
They also will find an online store stocked with teas and, in the coming weeks, tea accessories made by fair-trade artisans. "Goddess" necklaces by
Muzyka is writing a second book, "Business by the Cup," and plans to write a third, "Love by the Cup."
A book-release party for "Life by the Cup" will take place in June at
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