Beverly Hills, Calif. – Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht announced the network is adding unscripted programming to its larger portfolio of Starz Originals by greenlighting four new docuseries that explore the criminal justice system, a youth sports program, the world of fashion and the legacy of hip-hop music on American culture.
Albrecht said, “Unique voices and storytelling are the hallmarks of the Starz programming strategy, and we are proud to announce our investment in these filmmakers and the stories they passionately want to tell. With each project, we will explore and better understand our collective cultural history.”
“Wrong Man” is a six-part series that dives deep into the investigations that led to the conviction of three people who claim their innocence. It’s estimated that 1 in 25 prisoners in the U.S. are convicted for crimes they did not commit. With more than 2 million people in prison, that means a staggering 94,300 innocent people may be behind bars. Academy Award and seven-time Emmy-nominated and Peabody and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (“Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio,” “Paradise Lost” Trilogy, “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”) will executive produce and direct. Chris Grant (“Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” “The Toy Box,” “Darkness”) and Drew Buckley (“Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” “The Toy Box,” “Darkness”) with Electus will executive produce with Radical’s Justin Wilkes (“Oprah’s Master Class,” “Year Million,” “Mars”), Dave O’Connor (“Abstract: The Art of Design,” “Mars,” “America Divided”), Jon Doran (“Park Bench with Steve Buscemi,” “Neighborhood Sessions,” “Iconoclasts”) and Erica Sashin (“Parched,” “Border Wars,” “Rescue Ink Unleashed”) with Ben Silverman (“The Office,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Marco Polo”). “Wrong Man” is produced by Third Eye Motion Picture Company, Electus and RadicalMedia. Starz retains all domestic distribution and home entertainment rights to the series.
“Warriors of Liberty City” docuseries from PGA-winning showrunner Evan Rosenfeld explores Liberty City – a crime-ridden neighborhood in Miami, Florida that is arguably the NFL’s largest football factory. The series follows a season with the Liberty City Warriors, a youth football program founded by an unlikely mentor: Luther Campbell, better known as “Uncle Luke” from the 2 Live Crew. Before Moonlight shook the Oscars, Liberty City was best known for some of the biggest names in football, including Devonta Freeman, Antonio Brown, Duke Johnson and Teddy Bridgewater. But it’s also a place synonymous with poverty and gun violence, and even more disturbing, in Liberty City, it’s now kids killing kids. Yet in the face of trauma and tragedy, football legends are born.
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