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MIPTV Picks ’09 – Dallas DNA

Dallas DNA tells the story of Dallas' Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU), the first of its kind in America. The CIU is reviewing over 400 cases and utilizing DNA tests to verify the verdicts of each, and with the 40 cases reviewed thus far, almost half of those incarcerated have walked free.
March 20, 2009


Dallas’ Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) is the first of its kind in America, run by Craig Watkins, Texas’ first African-American district attorney. The CIU is reviewing over 400 cases and utilizing DNA tests to verify the verdicts of each, and with the 40 cases reviewed thus far, almost half of those incarcerated have walked free.
Dallas DNA takes viewers into Dallas prisons and courtrooms, and while interviews with district attorneys and public defenders are engrossing, it’s the access to the prisoners, some of whom were wrongly imprisoned for decades, that makes for the most compelling watching.

Partners: Touch Productions (Bath) for Investigation Discovery (US) and Discovery UK; distributed through Outright Distribution
Length: 6 x 60 minutes
Airing: April 28, 2009 (US)
Rights available: All worldwide excluding US and UK

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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