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ID, People line up cult and fashion series

Discovery, Inc. true crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) has expanded its partnership with multimedia brand People to launch two series scheduled to air later this year. Anchoring the new slate will ...
May 15, 2018

Discovery, Inc. true crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) has expanded its partnership with multimedia brand People to launch two series scheduled to air later this year.

Anchoring the new slate will be People Magazine Investigates: Cults, which explores American cults over six, hour-long episodes. Produced by Lucky 8, the episodes follow People journalists as they investigate the evolution of the cults, feature the brutal day-to-day rituals, and speaks with survivors who have escaped.

Featured in the crime series are investigations into Jonestown, Word of Life Church, Nation of Yahweh, Army of God, and the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.

Greg Henry, Kim Woodard, Isaac Holub and Mike Sheridan are executive producers for Lucky 8, with Dahlia Damaghi as supervising producer. For People, Jess Cagle and Dan Wakeford are executive producers.

The series debuts on June 4 at 9 p.m. ET with an episode about Tony Alamo (pictured) and the Alamo Christian Foundation.

Meanwhile, ID will gear up to launch People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion (3 x 60 minutes), about the crimes that have occurred in the high-end fashion world, in the third quarter of 2018.

Crimes of Fashion is produced by the in-house production company of People’s parent company, Meredith. Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Robert Baltazar, Jess Cagle, Dan Wakeford and Po Kutchins are executive producers from Meredith.

For Investigation Discovery on both projects, Liz Massie is senior executive producer, Jessica Horowitz is associate producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president.

“The launch of these two new series – one on cults, the other on fashion – illustrates the diversity of topics that People covers with equal skill and expertise,” said Jess Cagle, editor in chief of People, in a statement. “People’s investigative reporting always resonates with our audiences and extending this content onto television offers them another way to experience it.”

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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