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Channel 4 lines up Optomen for Kardashian doc

All3Media-owned production company Optomen has been commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a new two-part documentary on the Kardashian family. The Kardashians: Billion Dollar Dynasty will provide an in-depth study of one of ...
June 14, 2022

All3Media-owned production company Optomen has been commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a new two-part documentary on the Kardashian family.

The Kardashians: Billion Dollar Dynasty will provide an in-depth study of one of the most influential and profitable families of the 21st century, looking at the family’s finances to reveal how they’ve worked to turn every potential setback into money-making opportunities. Their instincts have landed them at the forefront of a world of social media influence and monetization, where platforms transform people and products into profitable brands.

The series features rarely seen archive and candid insight from close friends and former colleagues who provide insight on the deals and decisions that have increased the clan’s wealth, as well as the changing family dynamics as they grew from reality stars to billionaire business owners.

The Kardashians: Billion Dollar Dynasty was commissioned for Channel 4 by Ian Dunkley, with Nick Hornby and Tina Flintoff serving as executive producers for Optomen.

“These films will offer a new perspective on this famous family, revealing just how a closet organizer catapulted to fame by a sex tape ended up on the Forbes billionaire list and the cover of Vogue, and question just how a 21-year-old Kylie Jenner became so influential she could wipe $1.3 billion off of Snapchat’s stock price with a single tweet,” joint Optomen CEO Nick Hornby said in a release.

Ian Dunkley, commissioning editor at Channel 4, added: “The story of the Kardashians is entwined with the rise of social media and the changing face of fame, power and influence. These films will uncover how the family were among the very first to monetize and make use of social media to market and control their own narrative. A look back at the rise of the Kardashians is also a look back at our own recent history.”

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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