Extra: “Jinx” subject gets jail time; Cargo heads to Norway

In today's 'Extra' wrap, The Jinx subject Robert Durst (pictured) is sentenced to prison, while Cargo Films & Releasing partners with Norway's Oya Interactive and Channel 4 orders three-part docuseries The Mosque.
April 28, 2016

“Jinx” subject Robert Durst gets prison sentence

Real estate scion Robert Durst (pictured), the subject of Andrew Jarecki‘s acclaimed HBO docuseries The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, has been sentenced to seven years and one month in prison on a weapons charge as part of a plea deal he had accepted in February, according to the Associated Press. Once his sentence is served, Durst will be subjected to three years of supervised release.

The property mogul was charged by Louisiana State Police in March for possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with a controlled substance. He could have faced a maximum sentence of 10 years and a US$250,000 fine for having illegally carried a .38-caliber revolver as a convicted felon.

Durst will be transferred to Terminal Island, California’s minimum-security facility, where he will await formal arraignment to face separate murder charges in the 2000 shooting death of Susan Berman.

Cargo, Øya form joint partnership

New York sales agent Cargo Film & Releasing has partnered with Norwegian production studio Øya Interactive to launch a joint international sales and acquisitions office within the Nordic region. The two firms will plan for the immediate hiring of a veteran filmmaker within the territory to manage distribution to the international marketplace while facilitating a growing number of joint non-fiction productions between Cargo and Øya.

“We have been looking for a foothold in Europe for some time and in Kristian Mosvold’s Øya Interactive, we have found a like-minded, compatible partner for exciting new documentary initiatives in the years ahead,” said Cargo president David Piperni in a statement.

C4 orders Birmingham mosque doc

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a 3 x 60-minute series from London-based producer The Garden Productions to develop The Mosque (working title), on the community that worships at one of the largest mosques in Western Europe – the Birmingham Central Mosque.

Directed by Paddy Wivell, the docuseries will examine the life of the mosque, from births to marriage events and sharia council, while offering insight into the modern British Muslim life through individual stories of some of the congregation’s 6,000 members. Zac Beattie serves as executive producer on the series alongside series producer Fozia Khan. The series, which will air later this year, was commissioned by C4 deputy head of documentaries Amy Flanagan.

“At a time when British Muslims have found themselves thrust into the spotlight, we have been given privileged access to go beyond the news agenda, into the mosque and document the bustling heart of this community and the many ways in which it intersects with the lives of its worshippers – from its funeral service and sharia council, to its marriage bureau,” said Flanagan in a statement.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.