U.S. premium cable net HBO, through its HBO Documentary Films strand, is currently in production on a docuseries that explores the infamous NXIVM organization and the recent legal cases against it.
The as-yet untitled series follows various people who joined NXIVM out of a desire for personal growth and explores how the organization billed itself as a self-improvement group to its members. It investigates media depictions of the organization by offering perspectives from participants who claim devastating abuse as well as those who claim it offered them profound personal transformation.
In recent years, NXIVM, labeled a “sex cult” by many, has been plagued by allegations of sex trafficking, racketeering conspiracy, and blackmailing and branding women. The group’s leader and co-founder, Keith Raniere, currently faces charges of sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, possession of child pornography and racketeering, among other crimes.
NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy last month, while one of the group’s most high-profile members, Smallville actress Allison Mack, pleaded guilty to the same crimes earlier this month.
The upcoming series is directed by Jehane Noujaim (The Square) and Karim Amer. Noujaim first became interested in NXIVM when she took the group’s introductory “Executive Success Program” workshop in 2010.
No release date has yet been set for the series.