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HBO, Sky team on Amy Berg’s “The Case Against Adnan Syed”

Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the popular Serial podcast, will be profiled in a forthcoming four-part investigative docuseries from HBO Documentary Films and European network Sky. Directed ...
May 16, 2018

Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the popular Serial podcast, will be profiled in a forthcoming four-part investigative docuseries from HBO Documentary Films and European network Sky.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg, The Case Against Adnan Syed explores the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed.

In June 2016, a Baltimore Circuit Court Judge vacated Syed’s conviction and granted him a new trial after new evidence challenged the reliability of cell phone data linking Syed to the crime scene, and a long-awaited alibi witness took the stand. On March 29, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals also ruled to vacate Syed’s conviction and granted him a retrial 18 years after first being convicted.

Produced by Working Title TV, NBCUniversal International Studios and Instinct Productions, the project will re-examine Lee’s disappearance and murder, the original police investigation, and the present day while Syed, 36, awaits a new trial.

Berg has been in production on The Case Against Adnan Syed since 2015 and the series will offer “new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state’s case.”

Featured in the docuseries are interviews with Syed; the defense team; Syed’s family, friends and former teachers; and members of City of Baltimore law enforcement.

Instinct’s Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan serve as executive producers alongside Working Title’s Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Andrew Stearn.

NBCUniversal International Distribution will distribute The Case Against Adnan Syed internationally.

About The Author
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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