Starz Orders Anthology Series ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ From Steven Soderbergh

SoderberghStarz is partnering with Steven Soderbergh for The Girlfriend Experience, a 13 episode half-hour anthology series based on the 2009 feature film of the same name.

The Girlfriend Experience explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex. These purveyors – or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience) – share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.

The series is inspired by the 2009 Magnolia Pictures feature film of the same name, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Transactional Pictures are producing the 13 episode anthology series with Soderbergh, Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz serving as executive producers. Kerrigan and Seimetz will also write and direct.

“We are all such fans of the movie that the idea of exploring this world through many different characters, voices and points of view was especially intriguing”, said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. “Steven and Philip’s approach to the format is unique and not something seen on the entertainment landscape today. Working with Steven is always a thrill, and we are excited to break the mold with this project yet again.”

While Steven Soderbergh added: “We’re in an exciting period of auteur-driven television right now. When Philip floated the idea of a Girlfriend Experience-inspired television show, I thought: ‘let’s make it a different woman in a different city, let’s pair two independent writer/directors, one male and one female, and let them do the whole thing.’ I’ve known Lodge for 20 years and I became a fan of Amy’s when I saw her first feature last summer.”