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Animal Planet lines up “Prostitutes to Parrots”

Discovery Communications net Animal Planet is lining up a one-hour special on the notorious 'Hollywood Madam' Heidi Fleiss, looking at her attempts to start a new life by taking care of more than 20 exotic macaw parrots.
July 21, 2011

U.S. net Animal Planet is lining up a one-hour special on the notorious ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss, looking at her attempts to start a new life by taking care of more than 20 exotic macaw parrots.

The special, entitled Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots, airs July 31 at 10 p.m. EST and is produced by Pilgrim Films & Television. It focuses on Fleiss, who became infamous in the 1990s for running a major prostitution ring that earned her millions.

She was subsequently jailed for three years and went into rehab for drug addiction. Now however, according to the Discovery Communications cable net, “drugs and escorts have been replaced by birds and business.”

The show’s billing states: “With her home covered in bird poop and monthly bills for the birds soaring into the thousands, the former madam must balance her need to tend to the birds at home with the necessity of leaving them to earn a living outside of it.”

Craig Piligian, Lasta Drachkovitch and Fleiss are the executive producers for Pilgrim, while Keith Hoffman is the exec producer for Animal Planet. Marc Etkind is the VP of development for Animal Planet.

The special is not the first time Fleiss has faced the documentary treatment: acclaimed British filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s 1995 effort Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam examined the┬áprostitution ring story.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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