Paris Hilton Acquires Rights to Book on 2000s Tabloid Culture for Docuseries

Paris Hilton's production company acquires rights to "Toxic: Women, Fame, and the Tabloid 2000s" book to develop a docuseries giving voice to female celebrities who faced media scrutiny and misogyny in the early 2000s.

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Paris Hilton Acquires Rights to Book on 2000s Tabloid Culture for Docuseries

Paris Hilton Acquires Rights to Book on 2000s Tabloid Culture for Docuseries

Paris Hilton's production company, 11:11 Media, has acquired the rights to Sarah Ditum's book "Toxic: Women, Fame, and the Tabloid 2000s" to develop it into a documentary series. The book examines the lives and media coverage of nine female celebrities, including Hilton herself, during the early to mid-2000s.

Hilton plans to collaborate with Ditum on the docuseries, which will provide a platform for these women, such as Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Kim Kardashian, Chyna, and Jennifer Aniston, to reclaim their narratives from a time when they had little control over their public portrayals. The series aims to shed light on the sexist and exploitative tabloid culture of the 2000s that pushed these women to the edge.

Why this matters: The docuseries will offer a unique perspective on the toxic media culture that shaped public perceptions of female celebrities in the early 2000s. By giving these women a voice to share their experiences, the project has the potential to ignite important conversations about misogyny, celebrity culture, and the impact of media scrutiny on mental health.

Hilton, who was subjected to extreme public humiliation after her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon sold their 2001 sex tape, aims to build on her previous YouTube Originals documentary "This Is Paris," which explored her experiences with abuse and her transition from a Hollywood "It" girl to a respected business mogul. The author, Sarah Ditum, expressed excitement about working with Hilton on bringing the project to TV, as it aligns with the book's intention to put the women at the center of their own stories.

The docuseries is expected to provide more insight into some of the most notorious moments of the 2000s, such as Lohan's feud with Hilton, Spears' breakdown, and Kardashian's rise to fame following the release of her own sex tape. Hilton hopes the series will allow her and the other women featured to reclaim the "toxic narrative" they faced and challenge the public's perceptions from that era.

In a statement about the project, Hilton said, "I'm so excited to be working with Sarah Ditum to bring 'Toxic' to the screen and to share the stories of these amazing women who have been through so much. I hope that by providing a platform for us to reclaim our narratives, we can show the world the true impact of the tabloid culture and the sexism and misogyny that fueled it." The docuseries, produced through 11:11 Media, is currently in development, with no release date announced yet.

Key Takeaways

  • Paris Hilton's company acquired rights to "Toxic" book on 2000s tabloid culture.
  • Docuseries will feature stories of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and other celebrities.
  • Aims to shed light on sexist and exploitative tabloid culture that impacted these women.
  • Hilton hopes to reclaim the "toxic narrative" and challenge public perceptions from that era.
  • Docuseries is in development with no release date announced yet.