The international distribution arm of Zodiak Media Group has acquired rights to an observational documentary series that takes viewers behind the scenes of Australian criminal trials.
On Trial follows both the prosecution and the defense teams as they prepare for the trials and then depicts the trials themselves and the sentencing of the accused.
The series documents a controversial murder trial and an assault, and marks the first time cameras have been granted access to Australian criminal courts, according to Zodiak. The series, produced by Ian Collie and Michael Cordell for On Trial Television, premiered in Australia last month.
“On Trial is an ambitious project which raises the roof on an institution which many of us take for granted but have little understanding or experience of,” said Barnaby Shingleton, head of entertainment for Zodiak Rights. “The judiciary is a pillar of any modern democracy and this series provides unparalleled access to its inner workings.”