Trophy Boy, the critically acclaimed short film about the fall of an insufferable gay Instagram “influencer” is being developed into a television series.


James seemingly has it all. The #bestlife poster boy is a public figure, actor, jet-setter, lifestyle ambassador (whatever that is), and socialite. But life turns upside down when his sugar daddy sends the pampered handful back to Queens with no education, no work experience, and frankly, no desire to fix any of it.


Released worldwide in October 2018Trophy Boy is a beautiful and entertaining short film about a social media poser who must face the harsh reality of creating a life without a hashtag after he is dumped by his wealthy benefactor.


After beating several offers, production, financing and distribution company Dynamic Television announced that it has acquired the adaptation rights to Trophy Boy the critically acclaimed short film from Emrhys Cooper (Vanity, Mamma Mia).


The series, to be titled Trophy Boys, which promises to be just as juicy as the short film, will follow the lives of a group of interconnected social media stars as they struggle to maintain their carefully crafted #bestlife personas.


Trophy Boy was universally praised and screened at several prestigious film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, Dances with Films, California Independent Film Festival, Catskills International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and Chelsea Film Festival.


The film has just been invited to screen at two more festivals, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival(Feb. 1-20, screening date TBA) and the Santa Fe Film Festival (Feb. 17, 8:00 p.m.).


Cooper and fellow “Trophy Boy” actor Donal Brophy will executive produce along with Dynamic Television’s Holly Hines. Dynamic Television will also serve as studio and international distributor. Danika Underhill will produce.


Dynamic  series include Icelandic crime drama Trapped, Van Helsing, Wynona Earp and Z Nation for SYFY and five-time Emmy nominated series East Los High (Hulu) and Madiba (BET).


“We were immediately drawn by the unique way Emrhys explores social media and the repercussions of using it to determine your own self-worth.  It touches a nerve in all of us while doing so with humor and heart.  We are thrilled to bring it to television,” said Hines, Senior Vice President of Original Content for Dynamic.


On working with Dynamic, Cooper said, “I’m truly delighted to partner with Dynamic Television to make the world of Trophy Boys come to life. In the age of social media, it’s easy to get lost in the false world of online avatars we create for ourselves. With this series, we hope to pull back the curtain and show the day-to-day struggles of these “influencers.” Sometimes we all need a reminder that all that glitters isn’t gold.”


Trophy Boy (short film) from EmCo Entertainment on Vimeo.


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