WarnerMedia’s HBO Max has greenlit a set of non-fiction titles ahead of its launch, teaming with Monica Lewinsky, filmmaker Max Joseph and New York-based prodco Six West for the documentary 15 Minutes of Shame.
The streamer also ordered the Crazy Rich Asians-inspired docuseries The Ho’s (pictured; 8 x 30 minutes) from Wallin Chambers Entertainment and Lionsgate Television.
15 Minutes of Shame takes an in-depth look at the “public shaming epidemic,” using follow-doc storytelling and social experiments. Steve Ascher and Kristy Sabat are executive producers for Six West.
The film will feature individuals from around the world who have been publicly shamed while exploring the bullies, bystanders, media, psychologists, politicians and experts in between.
Lewinsky, a former White House intern who was publicly defamed for her affair with former President Bill Clinton, presented the 2015 TED Talk “The Price of Shame,” which has garnered more than 16 million views.
Her work includes a number of anti-bullying campaigns such as “Defy the Name” in 2018 and “In Real Life” in 2017.
Joseph’s non-fiction work has been featured at Sundance, Telluride, SXSW and the Cannes Creativity Festival. He also co-hosted and executive produced MTV’s Catfish for seven seasons.
The Ho’s (w/t) follows Binh Ho and his wife Hue, who immigrated from Vietnam to the U.S. to establish the “ultimate American dream.”
The couple have built a multi-million dollar bank, as well as a real estate development company and a family. In the series, viewers get a peek behind the curtain at their lavish Houston lifestyle.
Katy Wallin and Stephanie Bolch Chambers serve as executive producers. Amanda Ly and Rosalina Lydster are co-executive producers.
HBO Max has been bolstering its slate in anticipation of the streamer’s spring 2020 launch, most recently ordering the six-part lifestyle travelogue Brad & Gary Go To… and the Amy Schumer-produced documentary Expecting Amy.