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ID sets February airdate for “Hate in America”

The special sees journalist Tony Harris (pictured) fronting an hour-long look at hate crimes in the United States, and will air on the Discovery Communications-owned cable net on February 23.
January 7, 2015

U.S. cable net Investigation Discovery has set a February 23 premiere date for one-hour specialĀ Hate in America.

Produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions and hosted by journalist and Al Jazeera America anchor Tony Harris (pictured), the film delves into three hate crimes that occurred in the United States in recent years: a racially charged murder of a black father in Mississippi; the mass shooting of a Wisconsin Sikh congregation; and a brutal anti-gay attack on the streets of New York City.

Harris explores the motivations behind each attack, speaks with the victims’ loved ones, community leaders, civil rights attorneys, and advocates at The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups across the country and was a partner on the film.

ID greenlit the doc last summer. Initially, the channel was developing Hate in America with director Werner Herzog and production company Creative Differences, as previously reported by realscreen.

However, when Herzog was unable to find a suitable angle, he dropped out and the project later moved to Harris and Peacock, according to Creative Differences president Erik Nelson.

Hate in America premieres on February 23 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST. Peacock Productions’ Elizabeth Fischer served as executive producer alongside ID’s Lorna Thomas.

 

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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