Leslie Greif‘s Thinkfactory Media has partnered with Grammy-winning hitmaker Desmond Child and songwriter/producer Andreas Carlsson to produce a limited series about the late boy band mogul Lou Pearlman.
Pearlman (pictured) was the force behind some of the biggest boy bands of the 1990s, including Backstreet Boys and NSync.
Simultaneously, he perpetrated one of the largest and longest-running Ponzi schemes that bankrolled the boy band music explosion. Pearlman was convicted in 2008 of conspiracy, money laundering, and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding. By some estimates, he swindled investors out of over $500 million dollars, partly by creating a phony private jet company. Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in prison with a projected release of March 24, 2029. He died August 2016 eight years into that sentence.
Thinkfactory, along with Child and Carlsson, has the rights to the Vanity Fair article “Mad About The Boys” written by Bryan Burrough (published November 2007) and the crime-thriller The Hit Charade by Tyler Gray (published November 11, 2008 by HarperCollins), upon which the television event series will be based.
The series will be executive produced by Thinkfactory, with Greif, Child and Carlsson serving as executive producers.
UTA and Bob Lange of Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Carlo LLP are repping the project.
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