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Streamer Paramount+ has placed a series order for “Happy Face”, written and executive produced by Jennifer Cacicio (“Your Honor”) and executive produced by Robert and Michelle King. King Size Productions’ Liz Glotzer, Melissa Jesperson-Moore, and iHeartMedia’s Bob Pittman and Conal Byrne will also serve as executive producers.
The series is inspired by the podcast of the same name from iHeartMedia and Melissa Jesperson-Moore, the book “Shattered Silence” written by Melissa with M. Bridget Cook, and Melissa’s true-life story. At age 15, Melissa discovered her father, whom she loved dearly, was the prolific serial killer known as “Happy Face.” As an adult, Melissa changed her name, guarded her secret, and cut off all ties to her father, who is currently serving life in prison.
The logline: Jumping off from Melissa’s true-life story, in the series for Paramount+, her father contacts her to take credit for another victim, and Melissa gets pulled into an extraordinary investigation of her father and his crimes. The series follows her as she discovers the impact her father’s crimes had on the families of his victims, which ultimately leads to a reckoning of her own identity.
“Happy Face”, produced by CBS Studios in association with King Size Productions and iHeartMedia, is the third series from Robert and Michelle King to land at Paramount+. The series is distributed by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.