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A&E to air documentary on LA Riots

A&E Network will mark the 25th anniversary of the infamous Los Angeles riots with a two-hour documentary from Entertainment One (eOne) and Creature Films. Directed by One9 and Erik Parker, LA Burning: ...
March 17, 2017

A&E Network will mark the 25th anniversary of the infamous Los Angeles riots with a two-hour documentary from Entertainment One (eOne) and Creature Films.

Directed by One9 and Erik Parker, LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later provides an in-depth look into the 1992 LA riots through the eyes of those who experienced the uprising firsthand. The six-day civil disturbance began in South Central Los Angeles when four police officers were acquitted of using excessive force in the 1991 beating of African-American motorist Rodney King.

The two-hour special will meld together rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with the likes of Boyz in the Hood filmmaker John Singleton (pictured) and actor-activist Edward James Olmos, as well as bystanders, rioters, law enforcement, media and rescuers to flesh out the story that ignited a city in flames.

Tara Long and John Morayniss serve as exec producers for eOne alongside Creature Films’ Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez, and A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson. John Singleton and Trevor Engelson also serve as executive producers

L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later premieres April 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

“I believe the 1992 LA Uprising has never truly been given a voice until now… we’ve attempted to chronicle the untold stories and unique perspectives of people whose lives were profoundly affected by this event,” said Singleton in a statement.  “As a native Los Angeleno I know the actions of that three-day event didn’t just appear out of thin air … the city was a powder keg boiling at the seams for many years under police brutality and economic hardship of people of color.”

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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