BBC3 orders doc on Cleveland kidnappings

UK net BBC3 has commissioned Mentorn Media to make a fast-turnaround documentary on the Cleveland kidnappings.
May 13, 2013

UK net BBC3 has commissioned Mentorn Media to make a fast-turnaround documentary on the Cleveland kidnappings.

The 60-minute doc will focus on Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were recently discovered after a neighbor heard screams coming from the house of Ariel Castro’s house. The trio were reported missing in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

The program “will examine claims that police and law enforcement agencies failed to find the girls despite visiting the house and receiving complaints from neighbours,” according to billing provided by Mentorn.

The doc was ordered by Fiona Campbell, commissioning editor for independents at BBC News and Current Affairs, who said: “BBC3 has proven their audience has a great appetite for fast-turnarounds on big global news stories.

“Following on from the success of Mentorn’s Oscar Pistorius film for the channel, we look forward to hearing new insight and exclusive interviews on the captive Cleveland women’s stories.”

The as-yet-untitled program is being exec produced for Mentorn by Steve Anderson. It will be pre-sold internationally by Passion Distribution.

The team now filming in Cleveland includes producer/directors Rachele Dryden-Smith and Suzie Samant, and producers Tom Goudsmit and Sarah Hunt.

In a statement, Anderson said: “The world is following every moment of this unbelievable story. These women were missing presumed dead for 10 years; now they are discovered alive.

“And all the time they were being held captive in an ordinary house in a city neighbourhood, yet no-one knew. We’ll tell the most comprehensive story yet, with fresh interviews and new information.”



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