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Lifetime greenlights docuseries and movie about R. Kelly

A+E Networks-owned channel Lifetime has greenlit a docuseries and film about controversial R&B singer R. Kelly amid allegations of sexual abuse towards African-American women and underage girls. The untitled documentary series, produced ...
May 8, 2018

A+E Networks-owned channel Lifetime has greenlit a docuseries and film about controversial R&B singer R. Kelly amid allegations of sexual abuse towards African-American women and underage girls.

The untitled documentary series, produced by Kreativ Inc., investigates the notorious and beleaguered musician, born Robert Kelly, whose career and playboy lifestyle has left a trail of rumors of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia in his wake.

For the first time, survivors and people from Kelly’s inner circle are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental and physical abuse. Filmmaker and cultural critic Dream Hampton serves as executive producer on the as-yet titled docuseries. Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for Lifetime.

Elsewhere, the untitled Lifetime scripted film will spotlight the shocking allegations of abuse in Kelly’s secretive inner world. Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner Ilene Kahn Power serves as executive producer on the movie, and Barbara Marshall is the scriptwriter.

Both projects are executive produced by Joel Karsberg and Jesse Daniels of Kreativ Inc. who are backed exclusively by Bunim/Murray Productions.

“We’ve been working for over a year to bring forth the stories of these women,” said Karsberg, executive producer and CEO of Kreativ Inc., in a statement “We are proud to team with Lifetime to shed light on these stories as well as an industry that has looked the other way for so many years.”

The film and docuseries are part of Lifetime’s relaunch of its Emmy Award-winning public affairs campaign, Stop Violence Against Women, which aims to end abusive behavior.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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