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Paramount+ and Network Seven explore the life story of con artist Samantha Azzopardi | New

ByRandall B. Phelps

Sep 13, 2022

Police series in four episodes Con Girl

Paramount+ in the UK and Ireland has acquired a true crime series backed by Australia’s Network Seven about the life and lies of serial con artist Samantha Azzopardi.

Content creation, finance and distribution company BossaNova Media and Australian factual indie CJZ have partnered with Network Seven to co-produce Con Girl.

Paramount+, meanwhile, will exclusively stream the four-part series later this year in the UK and Ireland, where it launched over the summer.

It tells the weirder-than-fictional story of Australian con artist Azzopardi, who has amassed at least 70 fake identities since embarking on her career of deception as a 14-year-old girl from Brisbane. On the surface, Azzopardi is innocence personified, but behind the sweet facade lurks a cheeky, sophisticated trickster – and a psychological enigma.

Most scammers are middle-aged men, who typically target women and the most vulnerable for financial gain. Azzopardi, on the other hand, doesn’t hurt, steal or want sex – though, as the series will reveal, his impact on the lives of his victims has been devastating.

Part classic detective story, part psychological mystery, Con Girl features contributions from several of Azzopardi’s traumatized victims, as well as psychological experts, forensic psychiatrists, law enforcement officers and journalists from ‘investigation.

The creative team behind Con Girl includes: Paula Bycroft, executive producer and showrunner of CJZ, whose credits include Deadly Women for Investigation Discovery and The Good Cop for Foxtel; and CJZ fact manager Andrew Farrell, who has produced more than 100 hours of true-crime documentaries for networks in Australia, the US and the UK.

CJZ and BossaNova have a working relationship that dates back to the latter’s founder Paul Heaney’s former distribution company, TCB Media Rights. In March 2021, BossaNova signed a 600+ hour catalog deal with CJZ and New Zealand’s largest factual independent, Greenstone.

Heaney, CEO of BossaNova, said: “Our involvement with Con Girl grew out of BossaNova’s first pitching event in 2021. CJZ brought the project to London, having already secured support from Network Seven, and we are delighted that Paramount+ picked it up. for the UK and Ireland too. Our development days aim to match promising ideas with the right curators and buyers to get them across the starting line. »