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BET preps police watchdog docuseries “Copwatch America”

Viacom-owned African-American entertainment network BET has commissioned a new docuseries on the American “copwatch” crews fighting police brutality and injustice from London-based prodco Renowned Films. Copwatch America (10 x 60 minutes) follows ...
April 16, 2019

Viacom-owned African-American entertainment network BET has commissioned a new docuseries on the American “copwatch” crews fighting police brutality and injustice from London-based prodco Renowned Films.

Copwatch America (10 x 60 minutes) follows the police watchdogs – activists armed only with cameras and a desire to rout out wrongdoing – in two U.S. cities, while looking at all sides of the issue of police brutality, including the officers who claim their only goal is to support their communities.

Created by Renowned Films and co-produced by Critical Content, Copwatch America is executive produced by Max Welch, Tim Withers and Duane Jones for Renowned Films and Tom Forman for Critical Content.

Copwatch America will be shocking, eye opening, exhilarating, explosive must watch action getting to the core of one of the biggest issues facing America, its police and the communities they serve today,” said Welch, co-founder of Renowned Films, in a statement. “Prepare for plenty of confrontation, powerful personal stories, injustices and debate, as we capture the groundbreaking stories of those on both sides of the story in search of truth.”

“BET Networks is committed to bringing important stories of systemic issues of race and justice across our nation to light. We are taking this on in a way no other brand and network can, through platforms like our powerful Finding Justice franchise and our upcoming original docuseries Copwatch America,” added Marisa Levy, VP head of unscripted at BET. “We look forward to partner with acclaimed storytellers Renowned Films and Critical Content and continue to empower our community and focus on activists who use video cameras to protect the rights and in some cases, the lives of African Americans in police encounters.”

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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