U.S. net Fusion has ordered The Traffickers, an investigative series set to expose global trafficking networks, from UK indie Lightbox.
The 8 x 60-minute undercover series will follow award-winning British journalist Nelufar Hedayat (pictured) as she journeys deep into black markets and alleyways across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to reveal the dealers, corrupt officials, transportation networks, packaging factories and safe houses “that move goods including minerals, counterfeit drugs, endangered species and people across the globe.”
The Traffickers is scheduled to air on the Disney-ABC Television Group-owned channel this year, with a preview of the first installment of the series broadcasting in January.
Lightbox was launched by two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn and his Emmy Award-winning cousin Jonathan Chinn in 2013. Simon’s credits include Man on Wire and Searching For Sugar Man, while Jonathan’s credits include American High.
Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Sam Collyns serve as executive producers on the series for Lightbox, with Suzanne Lavery listed as co-executive producer. Keith Summa, Daniel Eilemberg and Isaac Lee will exec produce for Fusion.
“We were thrilled to have the chance to work with Fusion to combine the best traditions of investigative journalism with the look and feel of contemporary non-fiction thrillers,” said Lightbox founders Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn in a joint statement.
“Fusion embraced our vision for the visual style of the series and our desire to take audiences on riveting journeys that explore the moral complexities that exist in our interconnected world,” they added.