UK factual indies Caravan and Quicksilver Media are co-producing a seven-part true crime series on Brazilian TV host-turned-politician Wallace Souza for streaming giant Netflix.
Killer Ratings will recount the story of Souza (pictured), the outspoken host of Canal Livre, a TV show broadcast in a remote and lawless city in Brazil’s Amazon, known for its reporters’ ability to be the first at the scene of a murder. Souza was later elected as State Representative, but he was then accused of having ordered the murders his show was famous for reporting. A task force was formed and struggled to build a case as collaborating witnesses kept winding up dead.
The series makes use of exclusive interviews with people inside Canal Livre, close relatives, friends, police and task force members, as well as previously unseen footage of Souza filmed in the middle of the scandal, to tell the incredible story.
Killer Ratings is a Caravan and Quicksilver Media production for Netflix. Executive producers for Caravan are Dinah Lord and Alex Marengo, and Eamonn Matthews for Quicksilver. Suemay Oram serves as senior producer. The series was commissioned by Ben Cotner and Kate Townsend for Netflix.
“What I thought I knew about Wallace Souza when I set out, turned out only to be the starting point of this extraordinary story,” said director Daniel Bogado in a statement. “When I looked deeper, I saw the events that followed were full of the most jaw-dropping turns, twists and shocks which would be deemed too outlandish in a Hollywood script.”
(Photo courtesy of Netflix)