NBC News-owned Peacock Productions is partnering with exoneree and social justice advocate Brian Banks (pictured) for an unscripted series that will investigate one potential case of wrongful conviction.
Like the podcast Serial - which delves into a single case over a number of episodes – the series is to take an “in-depth look” at the facts and key suspects involved in the case, and raise questions that have yet to be raised. Details about the specific case are as-yet-unannounced.
Banks was 16 years old when an acquaintance from high school accused him of rape. He spent five years in prison and five on parole until – almost 10 years after his conviction – the accuser recanted her statement and Banks was fully exonerated at 27. He has since revived his football career and now works in the NFL’s corporate headquarters in addition to serving as an advocate for the wrongly convicted with the California Innocence Project.
“Brian has unique insight into the complex world of the criminal justice system,” said Sharon Scott, president and GM of Peacock Productions, in a statement. “He spent a decade fighting to clear his name and will draw on that experience during his investigation of one captivating case that has all the drama of a scripted series – except it is real.”
Banks added: “Peacock Productions is renowned for its expertise in the true-crime narrative and is at the forefront of unscripted programming. I am excited to begin working with Peacock and delve deep into a case, aiming to expose the truth about whether the inmate is rightfully behind bars or if there is reasonable doubt.”