Real Screen Magazine
September 1, 2004
Babes in Boyland
When choosing a profession, why not pick one that requires being surrounded by models? Or better yet, models in bikinis? So thought 27-year-old Enrique and Jean-Pierre, childhood friends who set out to make their first million by founding a swimwear company. Chronicling their efforts is New York's Mighty Pictures, which is in production on the 10 x 30-minute series Bikini Boys. Budgeted for upwards of US$126,000 per episode, it promises an insider's look at the grunge and glamour of the fashion industry - from California to New York and Miami. But the series isn't just about the itsy and bitsy in yellow polka dot bikinis; it's also an intimate portrait of a life-long friendship.
Born in Columbia, Enrique and Jean-Pierre have vastly different approaches to building an empire. Enrique comes from a wealthy sugar cane family and is a true entrepreneur. Whether it's schmoozing celebrities into wearing his tiny suits, lunching with magazine editors or haggling for a better deal on a location shoot, he tackles the task. Jean-Pierre is more laissez-faire, figuring if he lives the life of luxury and manages to get noticed, perhaps that's enough. The contrast provides for both drama and humor.
Bikini Boys has already gained interest from both the male-targeted U.S. net Spike TV, and MTV. A one-off version is also under consideration. KB