‘Soho grifter’ Anna Sorokin developing Delvey’s Dinner Club reality TV series | US television


Anna Sorokin, the convicted con artist named Anna Delvey, subject of a viral story in New York Magazine and inspiration for the Netflix series Inventing Anna, is reportedly working on her next act: a reality TV series.

The Russian-born former “Soho grifter,” who is currently under house arrest after overstaying her visa, will host “celebrities, moguls, and glitterati” for dinner at her Manhattan apartment for an unscripted series tentatively titled Delvey’s Dinner Club, according to a statement from the producers on Wednesday. Sorokin, who just turned 32, was released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) detention last October after overstaying her visa; she has already served her sentence for her 2019 conviction for attempted grand larceny.

The unscripted series, produced by a company called Butternut, purports to see Sorokin discuss with her “esteemed” guests topics such as her criminal past, her reputation as a con artist, her attempts at image rehabilitation, and her isolation from house arrest.

“Nothing beats the experience of bringing a curated group of friends together to share life stories and enjoy a great culinary experience,” Sorokin said in the press release for the series. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Wheelhouse and Butternut to bring my vision to a wider audience and share a glimpse of the real Anna Delvey.”

Sorokin served nearly five years in prison for ripping off approximately $200,000 from investors while posing as a fake heiress. Her exploits and tumbling house of cards were detailed in a 2018 story by journalist Jessica Pressler for New York magazine, which served as the basis for super-producer Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix series Inventing Anna. Netflix reportedly paid Sorokin $320,000 for the rights to her name in Inventing Anna, though most of the payday went toward refunds, taxes, and legal fees.

Sorokin told Page Six that dream guests for the upcoming series include Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Madonna, Elon Musk, Serbian artist Marina Abramović, attorney and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, author Ottessa Moshfegh, and disgraced (and currently under house arrest for fraud allegations) crypto CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.

“It’s often said that the best way to get to know someone is to share a meal with them,” says Butternut’s CEO, Courtney White, the former Food Network president. “We all desperately want to know who Anna really is. Delvey’s Dinner Club reveals the real woman behind everything we’ve read and watched about Anna. She tells her story in her own words and we believe she will defy viewers’ expectations.”

The show is produced in part by Wheelhouse Entertainment, which was created in collaboration with night host Jimmy Kimmel. The show currently has no platform and producers are courting all unscripted buyers.

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