October 22, 2019
WarnerMedia’s pending SVOD service HBO Max has picked up the documentary 15 Minutes of Shame from executive producers Monica Lewinsky and Max Joseph (MTV’s “Catfish”).
The service is set to launch this spring.
Produced by Six West, the documentary features Joseph with appearances by Lewinsky as they take an in-depth look at the public shaming epidemic in our culture and explore our collective need to destroy one another.
Using follow-doc storytelling, social experiments and the examination of social behavior, the film will feature individuals from around the globe who have been publicly shamed — while exploring the bullies, the bystanders, the media, psychologists, politicians and experts in between.
“Monica Lewinsky is an anti-bullying activist with unparalleled authority, making her the perfect partner for this project,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, in a statement. “And Max’s strong advocacy for social justice and distinctive storytelling make him particularly well-suited to explore this complex modern phenomenon.”
Lewinsky’s work includes her 2015 TED Talk “The Price of Shame,” which has garnered more than 16 million views, as well as several award-winning anti-bullying campaigns including 2018’s “Defy the Name” and 2017’s Emmy-nominated “In Real Life.” Joseph is an award-winning filmmaker who has made more than 100 shorts, commercials, and viral videos. He directed and co-wrote the feature film We Are Your Friends (acquired by Warner Bros in 2015) and his non-fiction work has been featured at Sundance, Telluride, SXSW, and the Cannes Creativity Festival where he won a Cannes Lion. Joseph co-hosted and executive produced MTV’s “Catfish” for seven seasons.
Steve Ascher and Kristy Sabat serve as executive producers for Six West.