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TCA: ID unveils Jeffrey Epstein special, mass shooting doc among true crime slate

Discovery-owned true crime cable net Investigation Discovery (ID) laid out plans for four new true crime programs during its Television Critics Association winter press tour showcase in Pasadena, California today (Jan. ...
January 16, 2020

Discovery-owned true crime cable net Investigation Discovery (ID) laid out plans for four new true crime programs during its Television Critics Association winter press tour showcase in Pasadena, California today (Jan. 16).

Included in the slate is Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?, the first installment in the anthology series Who Killed… (w/t).

The special investigation will explore how the eponymous Epstein acquired enormous wealth while allegedly running a human sex trafficking syndicate that catered to the rich and powerful, all leading to his death in a prison cell by apparent suicide. With exclusive interviews and an in-depth investigation, Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein? seeks to unpack Epstein’s life and crimes and to answer its titular question.

The special is produced for ID by Jupiter Entertainment, with Patrick Reardon and Tim McConville serving as executive producers. For ID, Pamela Deutsch is executive producer, Sara Kozak is SVP of production, Kevin Bennett is GM and Henry Schleiff is group president of ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein? will bow later this year on ID.

Elsewhere, ID will turn its lens to America’s epidemic of active shooter incidents, which occur an average of every 14 days, in a new documentary film.

In Memoriam (pictured) seeks to tell the human stories behind the shocking statistics, focusing on the emotional scars left by these tragedies, hearing from survivors and first responders from attacks that took place over six months at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest music festival, the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The film is produced for ID by Top Hat Productions. At Top Hat, Ben Steele is creative director, Darren Kemp is executive producer, and Sarah Foudy is producer. For ID, Jeanie Vink is executive producer.

In Memoriam premieres with limited commercial interruption on Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ID.

Meanwhile, ID is preparing a three-hour special event centered on the death of former football champ Aaron Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez: An ID Mystery follows the story of Hernandez, once a promising rising star in the NFL, whose fall from grace was shockingly sudden when he was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to serve life in prison, a sentence he completed when he was found dead in his cell by suicide following an acquittal for two more murders.

The special seeks to understand the mindset of Hernandez and to explore the cultural factors involved in his meteoric rise and fall.

Aaron Hernandez: An ID Mystery is produced for ID by Jupiter Entertainment, with Allison Wallach and Tim McConville serving as executive producers. For ID, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer.

The special premieres Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ID.

Finally, ID presented the previously-announced Twisted Love, a six-part series exploring the darker side of love, premiering Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Twisted Love is produced for ID and IDGO by 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Khlomoney Entertainment. It is executive produced by Khloé Kardashian, along with Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and David Hale for 44 Blue. For ID, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer.

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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