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ID, C5 to coproduce Cleveland kidnappings doc

U.S. net Investigation Discovery and British broadcaster Channel 5 are coproducing a quick turnaround doc on the Cleveland kidnappings, made by ITN Productions.
May 16, 2013

U.S. net Investigation Discovery (ID) and British broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) are coproducing a quick turnaround doc on the Cleveland kidnappings, made by ITN Productions and set to air in the UK next Wednesday (May 22).

The doc, which C5 is calling Ohio Slave Girls:┬áTheir Story, will air at 10 p.m. GMT, and questions how Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus “ended up trapped for over a decade in a house no-one thought to look in and why the girls might not have tried to escape.”

The three girls were originally reported missing in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively, before re-surfacing last week. Ohio resident Ariel Castro has been charged with kidnapping and raping the three girls. The case continues.

In the U.S., ID’s working title for the doc is House of Horrors: The Cleveland Kidnappings. The program promises exclusive interviews with neighbors and family witnesses, expert psychologists, and criminologists.

It was commissioned for C5 by Emma Westcott, commissioning editor for news and popular factual, and is being exec produced for ITN Productions by Guy Davies.

The news comes after UK network BBC3 previously commissioned Mentorn Media to make a 60-minute, fast-turnaround doc on the Cleveland kidnappings, as previously reported.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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