Who is Christopher LaVoie? Man behind ‘4 Days’ reality shows has history of run-ins with police, dubious business ventures
In an attempt to cash in on the “It’s not fake news!” Internet meme, “4 Days” reality TV shows have turned into a “fake news” sensation with fans calling LaVoie the “Pied Piper of Reality TV.”
But now LaVoie, founder of the reality TV production company 4D Media, has been accused of attempting to deceive the public by running a number of shows that are little more than frauds — or worse.
In July, a jury in California found the production company guilty of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in a criminal case involving the production company. They had been charged with stealing millions of dollars in payments from companies that had signed contracts with LaVoie to air the series’, known as “4 Days,” and related projects.
In a civil lawsuit, LaVoie also faces accusations of stealing from the producers of a different series, called “The American Show,” as well as from a company that promoted the series on social media.
Here’s a look at his career in the industry:
A ‘4 Days’ reality TV producer who is often called the “Pied Piper of reality TV”
Christopher LaVoie, 34
He’s credited with growing a small production company into a major player in the reality TV business, but even critics agree that LaVoie has been a “tremendous success.”
He earned his first TV name for the successful reality TV show “4 Days in Hell,” which ran for two seasons on MTV when he was 21. LaVoie was a member of the “The Real World” cast before creating the series “4 Days in Hell,” which premiered on September 15, 2005, to positive reviews from critics.
His first real job out of college was working as a security guard while attending California State University, Fullerton. It was there that he met fellow reality TV producer Matt O’Malley, who was also an aspiring screenwriter