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Zodiak Rights takes “On Trial”

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.
July 21, 2011


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.”

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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