Wheelhouse-backed Campfire, Forbes Entertainment and Olive Hill Media have partnered on a new feature documentary about global phenom and controversy-laden social media platform TikTok.
The documentary will take a deep dive into the social media app and feature interviews with tech experts and entrepreneurs, politicians and platform stars, in an attempt to dissect TikTok’s success as well as owner ByteDance’s direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party, which prompted an attempted ban by former President Donald Trump and remarks from President Biden citing the addictive social platform as “a matter of genuine concern.”
“There’s never been a social media app that’s become so popular and so controversial, so fast,” said Ross Dinerstein, Campire’s CEO, in a statement. “Googling ‘TikTok’ brings up stories on everything from threats from the White House to class-action lawsuits, viral trends and social movements started on the app. For better or worse, TikTok’s at the epicenter of American culture, and we’re ecstatic to be reuniting with our partners at Forbes and Olive Hill to shed light on this wild, sensational story.”
The film will be helmed by Shalini Kantayya (pictured; Coded Bias; Nat Geo’s Breakthrough), and is fully financed by Olive Hill Media.
Campfire CEO Ross Dinerstein will produce the film. Rebecca Evans and Ross Girard are the executive producers for Campfire; Tim Lee and Michael Cho are executive producers for Olive Hill; and Randall Lane and Travis Collins are the executive producers for Forbes Entertainment.