Exclusive: HBO Developing Ivanka Trump Series Based on NY Mag’s ‘Tabloid’ Podcast

     August 27, 2020

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HBO has begun developing a series based on Tabloid: The Making of Ivanka Trump, the hit podcast from New York Magazine and Luminary Media, Collider has exclusively learned.

Tabloid will be adapted as a fictionalized drama centered around Ivanka’s early years. The project is still in its early stages, but podcast host Vanessa Grigoriadis is expected to serve as an executive producer along with former HBO executive Nick Hall and Australian playwright Nakkiah Lui. A representative for HBO had no comment.

Launched last August, the eight-episode series gives listeners a glimpse into the life of the First Daughter, tracing her history as a child of divorce to New York It Girl, all the way to the West Wing. Tabloid also finds the well-sourced Grigoriadis wading into the Manhattan party scene of the ’80s, ’90s and early aughts to paint a unique picture of Ivanka and her privileged upbringing.

The podcast features interviews with Ivanka’s mother, Ivana Trump, as well as friends of the Trump family and other members of high society with insight into Ivanka’s relationships with her father, President Donald Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner.

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With a title like Tabloid, it should come as little surprise that the podcast comes off a bit gossipy, but Grigoriadis succeeds in showing how Ivanka became the woman she is today. Has her father’s political ambitions changed her, or is she the same person she has always been? And is she more likely destined to become the first female president, or wind up in jail one day?

Grigoriadis is a National Magazine Award–winning journalist who has traveled in some of the same social circles as Ivanka, who she has called “the ultimate tabloid piece of candy.” Grigoriadis also co-wrote the Rolling Stone feature “An American Drug Lord in Acapulco,” which is being developed for the big screen by Legendary and Brad Pitt‘s company Plan B.

Hall was a longtime comedy executive at HBO before moving to Amazon Studios to become its head of comedy development. At HBO, Hall worked on such hit shows as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Looking, Enlightened, The Comeback and How to Make It in America, whereas at Amazon, he was involved in The Romanoffs and Too Old to Die Young. Hall is also credited as a producer on Luca Guadagnino‘s upcoming HBO series We Are Who We Are, and he’ll be an executive producer on Nicolas Winding Refn‘s series adaptation of Maniac Cop, which is also in the works at HBO.

Lui is an Australian actress, writer and comedian who’s best known for her work both in front of and behind the camera on the Aussie sketch series Black Comedy, though she’s also an acclaimed playwright who has just begun making inroads in Hollywood. She’s repped by Independent Management Company and WME, the latter of which also reps Grigoriadis and Hall.

New York Magazine’s Tabloid podcast is expected to feature a new tabloid subject — and host — each season, with an eye toward how the media covered that person. To watch the teaser trailer for HBO’s We Are Who We Are, click here.

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