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NGC taps Wide-Eyed for Salem witch trial doc

National Geographic Channel has commissioned Wide-Eyed Entertainment to produce an hour-long special, Salem: Unmasking the Devil, featuring findings from the 1692 Salem witch trials that give new meaning to the American tragedy.
October 26, 2011

National Geographic Channel (NGC) has commissioned Wide-Eyed Entertainment to produce an hour-long special, Salem: Unmasking the Devil, featuring findings from the 1692 Salem witch trials that give new meaning to the American tragedy.

Premiering on November 10 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on NGC, Salem: Unmasking the Devil sees author and historian Katherine Howe heading to the location of the trials to examine new clues behind the cause of the tragic events.

NGC will air the special during Expedition Week, a five-night event.

Tom Phillips, the special’s creator and producer, went to WEE with the idea for the documentary, based on his personal interest in the Salem witch trials and professor Benjamin Ray’s research, which theorizes that Reverend Samuel Parris was conspiring to save his job and his home by destroying his rivals.

“The story of the Salem witch trials is a truly compelling one,” said David McNab, creative director and executive producer, Wide-Eyed Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be working with Tom Phillips and Professor Ray to bring the astonishing findings to a wider audience. From court records, to confessions, to previously overlooked documents, this program at last reveals the real devil behind this conspiracy.”

Salem: Unmasking the Devil was executive produced by Mike Welsh for National Geographic Channel and for National Geographic Channel International. The series was produced by Tom Phillips and Alex Revill, exec produced by David McNab for WEE and directed by Dave Lee and Alex Revill. BBC Worldwide is handling the worldwide TV distribution.

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