Pulitzer Prize finalists Tom Wright and Bradley Hope have teamed to launch the LA-based studio Project Brazen, devoted to uncovering true stories from around the world via podcasts, books, documentaries, television series and films.
The focus, they say, will be on geopolitical intrigue and malfeasance that has been overlooked by mainstream media.
Wright (pictured left) and Hope (right) first paired at the Wall Street Journal, where they collaborated on groundbreaking front-page stories – including the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. scandal, which brought down a government and forced Goldman Sachs to pay out the largest ever penalty under U.S. bribery laws.
They also co-wrote the international bestseller Billion Dollar Whale (2018) about the Malaysian mastermind behind the scandal, Jho Low. (Project Brazen was the codename the authors gave to their three-year investigation that spanned the globe from Curaçao to Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Los Angeles.)
Both journalists come from long and storied editorial careers. Wright reported from across Asia and was one of the first foreign correspondents to arrive in Abbottabad after the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Hope, meanwhile, spent six years as a correspondent in the Middle East, where he covered the Arab Spring uprisings from Cairo, Tripoli, Tunis and Beirut. He is also the co-author of Blood and Oil (2020), a look inside the Saudi royal family.
The pair say the studio’s slate will be announced soon. They are represented by UTA.