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Starz expands into unscripted programming

Lionsgate-owned Starz has greenlit four original docuseries as the network adds unscripted programming to its portfolio. The docuseries will explore a range of topics including the criminal justice system, a youth sports ...
November 10, 2017

Lionsgate-owned Starz has greenlit four original docuseries as the network adds unscripted programming to its portfolio.

The docuseries will explore a range of topics including the criminal justice system, a youth sports program, the fashion industry and the legacy of hip-hop music on American culture.

“Unique voices and storytelling are the hallmarks of the Starz programming strategy, and we are proud to announce our investment in these filmmakers and the stories they passionately want to tell,” said Chris Albrecht, Starz president and CEO, in a statement (pictured). “With each project, we will explore and better understand our collective cultural history.”

Patrick McDonald, VP of original programming, is overseeing the series.

The four docuseries, with descriptions courtesy of Starz, are listed below:

Wrong Man

Wrong Man is a six-part series that dives deep into the investigations that led to the conviction of three people who claim their innocence. It’s estimated that 1 in 25 prisoners in the U.S. are convicted for crimes they did not commit. With more than 2 million people in prison, that means a staggering 94,300 innocent people may be behind bars.

Academy Award and seven-time Emmy-nominated and Peabody and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger will executive produce and direct. Chris Grant and Drew Buckley with Electus will executive produce with Radical’s Justin Wilkes, Dave O’Connor, Jon Doran and Erica Sashin with Ben Silverman.

Wrong Man is produced by Third Eye Motion Picture Company, Electus and RadicalMedia. Starz retains all domestic distribution and home entertainment rights to the series.

Warriors of Liberty City

The docuseries from PGA-winning showrunner Evan Rosenfeld explores Liberty City – a crime-ridden neighborhood in Miami, Florida that is arguably the NFL’s largest football factory.

The series follows a season with the Liberty City Warriors, a youth football program founded by an unlikely mentor: Luther Campbell, better known as “Uncle Luke” from the 2 Live Crew. Before Moonlight shook the Oscars, Liberty City was best known for some of the biggest names in football, including Devonta Freeman, Antonio Brown, Duke Johnson and Teddy Bridgewater. But it’s also a place synonymous with poverty and gun violence, and even more disturbing, in Liberty City, it’s now kids killing kids. Yet in the face of trauma and tragedy, football legends are born.

The series from Rosenfeld is executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter for SpringHill Entertainment and Pamela Healey and John Hesling for Shed Media, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television, as well as Luther Campbell, will take a deeper dive into the unique characters and inner-workings of Liberty City.

Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter Andrew Cohn (Night School, Medora, Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic) will serve as director.

Starz retains all global distribution and home entertainment rights to the series.

In Fashion

In Fashion is an hour-long anthology series that will feature the world’s most compelling fashion designers working today. Combining biography and documentary storytelling, each episode will delve into the life and work of one iconic designer. We will follow them in the weeks leading up to a crucial moment in their career.

Being immersed in their lives, we gain unique access into the way they work and the intimate stories of how they got to this place so many strive for but never achieve. Eli Frankel (Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian), Andrew Fried (Chef’s Table) and Kelly Cutrone (America’s Next Top Model) will executive produce.

The series is produced by Boardwalk Pictures and Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate, and Starz has retained all global distribution and home entertainment rights.

The Field

The Field explores hip-hop and socio-political culture through the eyes of a city’s most prolific characters – past, present and future – capturing the essence of a city’s personality. Having shaped the culture from within, these characters tell their stories the way it really was, transporting the audience into the underbelly that composes the city, a place that is often seen but seldom accessed.

It’s a series that showcases the hustle and determination of each city’s most iconic artists. It’s about their desire to rise out from their community but to never forget the place where they came from. The series takes the viewer into places only miles apart but worlds away and into the grit and grime that covers an entire metropolis.

The docu-series is spearheaded by Worldstar Hip Hop and Mass Appeal. Executive produced by Worldstar’s Javier Sang and Ed Dwyer, alongside Sacha Jenkins and Peter Bittenbender of Mass Appeal with Douglas Banker of Five All in the Fifth Entertainment. Mandon Lovett is set to co-direct the premiere episode with Sacha Jenkins and continue on to direct the series.

This series will have an eye for maintaining the legacy of Worldstar Hip Hop late founder Lee “Q” Odenat, who was instrumental with the project’s creation and development.

The deal was negotiated and packaged by Jad Dayeh of WME. Starz retains all global distribution and home entertainment rights to the series.

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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