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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
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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