Wilshire Studios and BuzzFeed News are teaming up on a crime investigation docuseries from Academy Award-nominated executive producer Joe Berlinger (pictured).
The as-yet titled series is based on the mysterious death of Jessica Chambers — a Mississippi teen, who in December 2014 was doused in gasoline and set on fire.
The series is inspired by the investigative reporting of BuzzFeed News’ senior national reporter Katie J.M. Baker, who reported Chambers’ story and helped raise awareness about the case, which remains unsolved.
In 2016, a grand jury indicted Quinton Tellis charging him with capital murder. He has pled not guilty to the charge and a trial date has been set for July of 2017, which Wilshire Studios, the unscripted production arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, plans to cover as part of its development.
“This is the perfect example of how BuzzFeed can extend the life of its content — be it serious journalism or entertaining videos — beyond the original social platforms where it was created,” said Matthew Henick, head of development for BuzzFeed, in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with Wilshire Studios and Joe Berlinger to bring Katie Baker’s impactful reporting to a new audience through this docuseries.”