BRAVO MEDIA AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS COME TOGETHER WITH SONAR ENTERTAINMENT TO DEVELOP LIMITED EVENT SCRIPTED SERIES ‘THE FIFTH BEATLE’
Based on Vivek J. Tiwary’s Critically Acclaimed Bestselling Graphic Novel Exploring The Life Of Brian Epstein, The Legendary Beatles’ Manager
Bravo Media continues its commitment to scripted programming with the development announcement of limited event series “The Fifth Beatle.” From Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Sonar Entertainment, the project is based on Tony Award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary’s critically acclaimed bestselling graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story,” exploring the complicated personal life of the band’s visionary manager who helped catapult the Fab Four to international stardom. Tiwary will pen the series adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Leopoldo Gout. The project includes Tiwary’s access to the John Lennon-Paul McCartney song catalog, the first Beatles-related biopic to secure such rights. The announcement comes on the heels of Bravo’s recent series greenlight of anthology series “Dirty John,” also from UCP, which will join the network’s original scripted slate including “Imposters,” returning for a sophomore season on Thursday, April 5 and the fifth and final season of “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” premiering this summer.
“The Fifth Beatle” recounts the true story of the legendary Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, a brilliant yet often tormented dreamer who discovered the band in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, then nurtured, protected and guided them to unprecedented worldwide success. As a gay Jewish man living in 1960s England where homosexuality was a felony, Epstein was a double outsider who struggled to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. He was instrumental in the Fab Four’s rise to fame and saw their potential when no one else did. Yet behind the music, Epstein suffered from loneliness and his crushing desires to be one of the boys and belong. Epstein grew to become not only the engineer of Beatlemania, but also a key architect of the cultural revolution of the sixties with his ambition to change the world and spread the Beatles’ messages of love and peace.
Published by Dark Horse Comics, “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story” was written by Vivek J. Tiwary with art by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker.