EXCLUSIVE: The Con Queen has developed from Hollywood horror to a series motif. Entertainment One (eOne), Olive Bridge Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Campside Media and Circle of Confusion are developing two series projects based on Campside Media’s Chameleon podcast: Hollywood Con Queen. A scripted television series created and written by Will Gluck (Peter Rabbit) and Noah Pink (Genius: Picasso) is in the works, directed by Gluck. There is also unwritten documentation from the same group detailing the investigation.
Executive producers are Pink, Gluck and Richard Schwartz from Olive Bridge, Andy Horwitz, Richard Suckle and Curt Kanemoto from Atlas, Josh Dean, Adam Hoff, Matthew Shaer and Vanessa Grigoriadis from Campside Media, and Charles Mastropietro, Frank Frattaroli and Brad Mendelsohn from Kreis der Confusion.
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eOne will act as a studio and distribute the projects worldwide.
Will Gluck, Noah Pink
This is quite a turning point in one of the strangest sagas that Hollywood has hit in years. . was the first to release a detailed piece in 2018 on the shady person who came to be known as the Hollywood Con Queen, bearing testimony to a number of victims of gig workers seduced by the promise of a dream job that made them do it To make money on projects that imploded once the funds were deposited, usually in Jakarta.
These opportunities were most often offered in a phone call from a knowledgeable and very persuasive woman who claimed to be a powerful producer. This list included Gigi Pritzker, Sherry Lansing, Amy Pascal, Stacey Snider, the director and producer Lesli Linka Glatter from the homeland of Others. All of these women were appalled when they were informed by . that their identities had been used in the scam. The caller dropped the occasional reference from professionals the victim knew, people who would make a referral in a relationship-based business. The scammer kept calling and receiving calls on a cell phone and ticked the box by offering these men their dream jobs for large sums of money.
She got them to sign nondisclosure agreements preventing potential victims from returning to their friends to see if a referral was actually made or calling the actual offices of the female film producer financiers. The drop was usually in Jakarta, Indonesia. The scammer found a perfect deal for this as movies and series can be a deal where gig staff sometimes refund money that is reimbursed. The creepy factor has been confirmed by numerous men that the caller appeared to be a lonely woman who steered the conversation towards sex. Some solid reports months later from THR’s Scott Johnson who later revealed the suspect’s arrest in the UK made it clear that Hollywood had a real problem. It has become clear that this has been so for seven years and that hundreds of Hollywood gig workers have been lured into flying to Indonesia to see a movie that didn’t exist. The fraudster set out not only with the dreams of the betrayed, but also with a large part of their money.
Campside Media’s Chameleon podcast was the first to mention her in a podcast about the suspect. Schocker: The alleged perpetrator was he, who was reportedly identified as Hargobind Tahilramani, a 41-year-old Indonesian. Campside co-founders Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis’ chameleon podcast was named one of the best of the past year by Spotify, Stitcher and Rolling Stone. The podcast exposed the suspect and helped lead the authorities to him. He was arrested six days after the last episode was broadcast. Produced by Campside and Sony Music Entertainment with consulting producers Andy Horwitz and Charles Mastropietro, the podcast peaked at number 2 on the Apple podcast charts and made news all over the world.
The hosts wrote that they cracked the case after joining a bullied Long Island screenwriter named Greg Mandarano, who announced he had met the catfish in Jakarta six times and had photos and fake IDs showing the one contained fake passport with a different name – Gobind Lal Tahil. They hired a digital investigator who was quick to focus on the identity of a scammer who had eluded others for years.
Olive Bridge Entertainment, Will Gluck, and Campside Media are represented by UTA; Atlas Entertainment is again supported by WME. Circle of Confusion is repeated by attorney Howard Abramson and Noah von Gersh, Thruline and Hansen, Jacobson.