Electus has struck a development partnership with celebrated author, investigative journalist, and social media and cyber culture expert Jamie Bartlett, Variety has learned exclusively.
Under the new deal, Electus and Bartlett plan to take several high-profile projects to market this month. The author of the successful books “The Dark Net” and “Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change The World,” Bartlett’s work focuses on the ways in which today’s communications and social media are affecting everything from politics and social justice movements to privacy online, cyber security and intelligence operations.
“There are few topics more important and timely than the ones Jamie Bartlett has dedicated his life to,” said Electus CEO Chris Grant. “He is unique in his knowledge and his access to hidden worlds is second to none. Jamie and this show have a certain potential that one does not see very often, and Electus is thrilled to be his partner.”
As an established investigative journalist and tech blogger, Bartlett has gained unique access and insights into the secrets of Silicon Valley, including the use of social media and big data by political movements and law enforcement, internet subcultures, the dark net and crypto-currencies, surveillance, and hacking technology; social media monitoring and much more.
“The world is changing fast, in ways people still don’t fully understand, with outsiders, radicals and criminals affecting and transforming our lives,” Bartlett said. “It takes vision, expertise and guts to tell these stories and I am eager to work with Electus to do this diligently, intelligently and to help wake up our communities to what is happening.”
Bartlett’s “The Dark Net,” published by William Heinemann/Random House in 2014, is an examination of the hidden corners of the internet, its strange subcultures and the protagonists that inhabit it – from trolls, Bitcoin miners, political extremists and members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, to pornographers, drug dealers, computer scientists and neo-Nazis. His book “Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World” from Nation Books/Hachette and released in 2017 goes inside the worlds of the innovators, disruptors, idealists and extremists that simply reject the way most people live today.
Bartlett is also the director of The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, a collaboration between Demos and the University of Sussex. His work has appeared in The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. His television series “Secrets of Silicon Valley” premiered in August on BBC2. He has done work for the international agency Islamic Relief, and conducted field research in Pakistan and Bangladesh. He holds masters’ degrees from the London School of Economics and University of Oxford.