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ID, SPLC partner on new special about white supremacy movement

True crime network Investigation Discovery and the Southern Poverty Law Center are teaming up to develop a new special. A spokesperson from ID noted that the special is in the early ...
August 15, 2017

True crime network Investigation Discovery and the Southern Poverty Law Center are teaming up to develop a new special.

A spokesperson from ID noted that the special is in the early stages of development, with a title and air date yet to be announced. While details are sparse, it will examine the recent surge in white supremacist activity.

Meanwhile, following the recent events in Charlottesville, Va, ID will encore an episode about white supremacy from the series Hate in America.

The episode “The Klan on Trial” will air Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris (pictured, center), Hate in America showcases the work of the civil rights advocacy organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its founder, Morris Dees.

“The Klan on Trial” explores some of the SPLC’s court cases, starting with the Michael Donald case involving the lynching of a young man in the early 1980s that prompted SPLC founder Dees to sue the United Klans of America (UKA) on behalf of the victim’s mother. In this landmark court decision, the UKA’s  leadership was held responsible for the violent and racist acts of its members.

Harris also examines the deeds of notorious white supremacist murderer Glenn Miller, who went on a shooting spree at a Kansas Jewish Community Center in April 2014.

Hate in America  “The Klan on Trial” is produced for ID by NBC News’ Peacock Productions with Elizabeth Fischer and Knute Walker as executive producers. For ID, Lorna Thomas is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production and Jane Latman is executive vice president of development.

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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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