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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 special 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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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