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Exclusive: 13eme Rue takes Pernel’s “20 Years on Death Row”

French pay-TV channel 13éme Rue has commissioned 20 Years on Death Row from Paris-based indie Pernel Media. As previously announced, the English-language true crime docuseries (4 x 60 minutes) examines the ...
January 23, 2017

French pay-TV channel 13éme Rue has commissioned 20 Years on Death Row from Paris-based indie Pernel Media.

As previously announced, the English-language true crime docuseries (4 x 60 minutes) examines the case of Keith Doolin (pictured), a former long-distance truck driver, who was convicted in the 1995 slayings of two women. Incarcerated on death row for more than 20 years in California’s San Quentin State Prison, 20 miles north of San Francisco, Doolin has maintained his innocence.

His conviction followed a “bizarre series of twists” in which his original attorney – later disbarred – led a flawed defense of Doolin while gambling away his defense funds in Las Vegas casinos, as well as a witness – who has since committed suicide – who revealed crucial information that points to Doolin’s innocence.

On Nov. 8, voters in California elected to speed up the death penalty process, creating an increased sense of urgency for Doolin and his defense team to prove his innocence. 

20 Years on Death Row was commissioned by 13éme Rue’s Hector Lavigne, head of productions and acquisitions, and Stephanie Hunt, VP programming for Southern European channels.

Samuel Kissous serves as executive producer for Pernel Media.

“The Keith Doolin case is an extraordinary story where the new evidence that has recently come to light could save his life,” said Kissous in a statement. “We’re delighted to partner again with 13éme Rue in making another gripping true crime series which will follow Keith’s appeal process, revealing the new evidence and twists and turns of the case.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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