Many have seen the new Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler and seen it as a warning, but the subject of the film is waiting for a refund. Shimon Hayut, a convicted Israeli fraudster who used Tinder to scam women in Europe out of millions of dollars, legally changed his name to Simon Leviev, claiming to be the son of a wealthy diamond tycoon. The documentary details his crimes and all the women he stole in the process, but Leviev wants to take advantage of his social relationship in a new endeavor: the dating show.
TMZ reports that Leviev has signed Los Angeles talent manager Gina Rodriguez, who specializes in managing reality stars like Mama June. According to the newspaper, “They have already discussed a set of plans to turn their newfound fame on Netflix into earnings and a career in entertainment.” Despite his bad reputation, Leviev wants to make a “dating show [that] It involves women vying for his love… and he’s interested in sharing the do’s and don’ts of dating on a potential podcast. “
In the wake of his conviction in 2019, Leviev has been banned from all dating apps. After the release of the Netflix series, Leviev also deleted his Instagram account. However, he appears to be on TikTik with simon_leviev_official, where he posted a video claiming that this is his only social media presence.
Tinder Swindler debuted on Netflix on February 2 and quickly climbed into the top ten in the US and UK. The documentary is produced by Raw TV, the same team behind Three Identical Strangers and Don’t F** and directed by Felicity Morris. *With Cats, AGC Studios and Gaspin Media. Bernadette Higgins was the producer of The Tinder Swindler, along with executive producers Bart Leighton and Sam Starbuck on Raw TV. Jeff Gaspin and Eric Levy for Gaspin Media; and Stuart Ford and Lord Diaz for AGC Studios.
The show was so popular that Netflix also has an adapted movie in the works. Netflix is in talks with producers to dramatize Leviev’s crimes, sources told Variety on February 4. Sources said the talks are in their early stages as Netflix decides what the tone of a film about Leviev should be. Netflix has not commented on the report.