U.S. cable network Investigation Discovery (ID) will air a documentary about the O.J. Simpson trial on June 12.
Produced by Every Hill Films with executive producer Nicole Rittenmeyer (History’s 102 Minutes that Changed America), OJ: Trial of the Century recounts one of the most publicized criminal cases in American history.
The doc will air as part of the network’s ‘ID Films’ strand and exclusively use archival footage to give younger viewers a sense of how the case unfolded at the time.
In 1995, the celebrated NFL star and entertainer went on trial in Los Angeles on two counts of murder after the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ron Goldman in June 1994. Police apprehended Simpson following a car chase on Los Angeles freeways that was broadcast live.
The lengthy trial was also televised, turning the judge, prosecutors and Simpson’s high-profile defense team into celebrities. By the time he was acquitted, public opinion around the verdict had split along racial lines.
“O.J. represented a watershed moment for this country’s perception of the legal system and, indeed, a transformative event in the racial and social history of our nation,” said the network’s president, Henry Schleiff, in a statement. “While 20 years later, many questions still linger, this powerful documentary turns back the clock to allow viewers to experience this unique trial’s intensity firsthand.”
OJ: Trial of the Century is exec produced by Rittenmeyer and produced by Allison Ferner and Adrian Murray. Diana Sperrazza served as senior executive producer for ID.