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Hulu nabs Stephen Maing’s “Crime + Punishment”

Digital subscription streaming service Hulu has acquired the rights to Stephen Maing‘s award-winning feature-length documentary Crime + Punishment. The 111-minute film held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, ...
June 20, 2018

Digital subscription streaming service Hulu has acquired the rights to Stephen Maing‘s award-winning feature-length documentary Crime + Punishment.

The 111-minute film held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. It points to illegal and discriminatory quota practices by law enforcement officials within the New York Police Department.

Crime + Punishment also chronicles a band of minority whistleblower officers known as The NYPD 12, and the efforts of an ex-cop turned private investigator, Manuel Gomez, as they seek to expose the illegal use of arrest and summons quotas.

Maing serves as producer on the film alongside Ross Tuttle and Eric Daniel Metzgar. Academy Award winner Laura Poitras serves as executive producer.

Hulu will also partner with IFC Films to release Crime + Punishment simultaneously in theaters and on Hulu on Aug. 24.

“It was an act of bravery and defiance by all the cops and families who allowed their stories to be documented over the past four years so I’m heartened to know their efforts will not be in vain and this story made widely accessible,” said Maing in a statement. “It’s exciting to have Hulu’s amazing partnership and share this film theatrically, pursue an ambitious social impact campaign and present these previously unheard voices of active duty officers into the national dialogue around police reform.”

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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