Wag Entertainment to produce two new true crime shows for ITVX

Both "The Real Fatal Attraction" and "In Search of Instagram’s Worst Con Artist" are commissioned for ITVX by Nicola Lloyd, Factual Commissioner, ITV.

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 ITVX has commissioned Wag Entertainment to produce two new true crime shows, scheduled to launch on ITVX and peak time ITV1 in 2023.“There’s a huge amount of interest in contemporary true crime in the UK at the moment, and these two stories are some of the most jaw-dropping you can imagine," Bridget Boseley, Creative Director, Wag Entertainment said. "As Wag pivots towards producing more content for the UK, we’re thrilled to be producing these shows for ITVX on top of our recent true crime series for Netflix and Paramount+, and with several more in production for other networks.”

Both "The Real Fatal Attraction" and "In Search of Instagram’s Worst Con Artist" are commissioned for ITVX by Nicola Lloyd, Factual Commissioner, ITV. "The Real Fatal Attraction" is produced and directed by John Holdsworth and executive produced by Bridget Boseley.“'The Real Fatal Attraction' is a jaw-dropping and shocking tale of how an infatuation quickly turned into revenge. It illuminates our two most primal emotions: love and hate, demonstrating how one mistake can have devastating consequences. You’ll find yourself questioning and re-questioning your own judgement as the shocking twists and turns in the story unfold,” Lloyd said.

The company's true crime slate also include the three-part boxset "Murder in the Family" to return of highly successful "Social Media Murders" strand. In addition to these two ITVX commissions, Wag has recently produced the three-part premium limited series Don’t Pick Up the Phone for Netflix’s global platform and Paramount+ in the UK (launched as Pervert: Hunt For the Strip Search Caller), and is in production on true crime series for Channel 5, alongside multiple series for platforms and broadcasters in the US and UK.

A two-part series "Search of Instagram’s Worst Con Artist" (2x60’, Wag Entertainment for ITVX, UK) tells the inside story of Belle Gibson, the 21-year-old social influencer who claimed she cured her terminal cancer through wellness and healthy eating.  Her miraculous story brought her fame and money, with a successful app, a book deal and countless television appearances.  But when journalists investigated, they discovered something shocking: none of her story was true – she never had the cancer.  She had misled her millions of followers - and for some there were devastating consequences.  With access to friends and family who speak on the record for the first time, this series discovers the truth about Belle Gibson. The title is produced and directed by Chelsea Randall and the executive producers are Bridget Boseley and Eliya Arman.

"The Real Fatal Attraction" (1x60’, Wag Entertainment for ITVX, UK) is a gripping true crime documentary about an affair that led to revenge.  A married barrister was seduced by a woman online, leading to a real-life meeting and ultimately an affair. But when his lover discovered he was married and wanted to call it off, it triggers an elaborate and terrifying revenge plot.  Falsely accused of rape and suspected of conspiracy to murder, he discovered the price of his affair and was faced with losing his family his job and ultimately his liberty.   

“'In Search of Instagram’s Worst Con Artist' is an extraordinary story of our time that highlights the complex world of social media, in which we create a profile and can choose how we want the world to see us, but how far will we go for likes," Nicola Lloyd said. "There is so much more to Belle Gibson than meets the eye. We may be familiar with the shocking fraud she committed but, by delving into her childhood and backstory, these films aim to tackle the truth regarding who Belle really is and the revelations are shocking.  Belle may have shocked the world with her lies but these films reveal we'll see it's not for the first time.”

There’s a huge amount of interest in contemporary true crime in the UK at the moment, and these two stories are some of the most jaw-dropping you can imagine. As Wag pivots towards producing more content for the UK, we’re thrilled to be producing these shows for ITVX on top of our recent true crime series for Netflix and Paramount+, and with several more in production for other networks.” Bridget Boseley Creative Director, Wag Entertainment