‘Fake Famous’ Premieres on HBO Feb. 2

Fake Famous on HBO
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Documentary Fake Famous, about social media influencers and the obsession with likes and followers on the various platforms, premieres on HBO Feb. 2. Nick Bilton directs. The project “explores the industry of social media influencers through an innovative social experiment,” according to HBO. 

The film looks at the casting of three people in Los Angeles who all have relatively small social followings and the attempt to grow them into famous influencers. “By purchasing fake followers and an army of bots to ‘engage’ with their social media, the newly made ‘influencers’ discover both the wonders and costs of this unlikely, immersive lifestyle,” said HBO. 

Bilton is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair

Graydon Carter, former editor of Vanity Fair, is an executive producer. Annabelle Dunn and Mary Recine produce the documentary. 

For HBO, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller exec produce and Sara Rodriguez is a senior producer. 

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.