The Traveling Picture Show Company acquires rights to Mario Tabarue, the fascinating standout from Netflix’s TIGER KING

The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC) has acquired the hotly sought-after life rights to Mario Tabraue, the fascinating standout from Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”.  TPSC has partnered with Anonymous Content to develop a limited series based on Tabraue’s life with Emmy Award nominated Adam Penn (“American Horror Story”, “Mr. Robot”, “9-1-1”) set to write the series.  Kevin Matusow, Carissa Buffel, Luisa Iskin and Johnny Wunder of TPSC and Diana Fitzgerald are producing alongside Anonymous Content.  The series will follow Tabraue’s life from his younger days through his drug trafficking and prison years all the way up to present day.

In Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”, a documentary brimming with larger than life, stranger than fiction characters, Tabraue stands out as one of the most unforgettable, compelling and mysterious subjects.  Tabraue, well known as a notorious drug kingpin and exotic animal enthusiast, operated a decades long, multi-million drug trafficking organization in the 1980s, one of the biggest in Miami at the time.  Tabraue is widely hailed as the inspiration for the character Tony Montana in 1983’s iconic Scarface.  Tabraue was sentenced to 100 years in prison for which he served 12 before being released.  He has since founded the Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami where he maintains an extremely private life.

TPSC said: Our team spent months interviewing and collaborating with Mr. Tabraue on his truly incredible life story. Together with Adam and Anonymous Content we are crafting a propulsive narrative equal to Mario’s remarkable and extraordinary life; something people know little about and will be amazed to watch. 

Twice nominated for Emmy Awards for his outstanding editing, writer/producer/editor Penn has written for such shows as FX’s Golden Globe® winning “American Horror Story,” USA’s Golden Globe® winning “Mr. Robot” and Fox’s “9-1-1.”  Additional editing and producing credits include FX’s Golden Globe winning “American Crime Story,” Fox’s Golden Globe® nominated “Scream Queens” and FX’s Golden Globe® winning “Nip/Tuck.”

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