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Extra: HBO preps “Murder on Middle Beach”; HGTV sets holiday lineup

HBO to investigate Murder on Middle Beach Premium cable network HBO is preparing to launch a four-part true crime docuseries from first-time filmmaker Madison Hamburg. Produced by Jigsaw Productions, Armian Pictures and Blue Days ...
October 29, 2020

HBO to investigate Murder on Middle Beach

Premium cable network HBO is preparing to launch a four-part true crime docuseries from first-time filmmaker Madison Hamburg.

Produced by Jigsaw Productions, Armian Pictures and Blue Days Films, Murder on Middle Beach will document Madison Hamburg as he under takes an emotionally difficult journey to solve his own mother’s murder.

On March 3, 2010, divorced mother Barbara Hamburg was found murdered in the yard of her Madison, Connecticut home. While law enforcement officials speculated that Hamburg was killed by blunt force trauma, the case grew cold due to a lack of evidence.

Featured throughout the docuseries, which was filmed over the course of eight years, are interviews with family members and those closest to Barbara as her son attempts to explore the family’s troubled history and his own memories of a seemingly picture-perfect childhood.

Murder on Middle Beach premieres Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT across HBO.

Executive producers on the series include Ron Nyswaner, Neda Armian, Toby Oppenheimer, Madison Hamburg, Stacey Offman and Richard Perello. Evan Lerner is co-executive producer alongside supervising producer Whitney Johnson, and producer Solomon Petchenik.

HBO’s, Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham are executive producers with Sara Rodriguez serving as senior producer.

HGTV unveils holiday lineup

Discovery’s home improvement network HGTV has bolstered its holiday programming lineup with a “whimsical” competition series and four festive specials.

The seasonal offerings will launch Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with the two-hour special Holiday Crafters Gone Wild. Hosted by TV personality Jay Manuel, the one-off competition will host four teams of holiday craft enthusiasts as they compete to create over-the-top Christmas décor for the chance to take home a US$10,000 cash prize and the title of Ultimate Holiday Craft Champion.

Premiering Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT is the four-part holiday tournament series Biggest Little Christmas Showdown. Hosted by James Monroe Iglehart, the series will pit the nation’s best miniaturists against one another as they vie to build tiny homes for a $50,000 grand prize. In a twist, the winning miniature home will be replicated into a full-sized vacation retreat.

HGTV’s holiday roster will also boast three specials: My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza (Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT), in which lottery winners transform their homes with holiday themes on a modest budget; You’ll be Home for Christmas (Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT), tracing real estate agent and world-renowned strongman Albie Mushaney as he helps first-time homebuyers find their forever home in time for the holidays; and Surprising Santa Claus (Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), in which Flea Market Flip‘s Lara Spencer and her team work to complete two surprise home renovations for the holidays.

Abramorama snaps up Jesse Dylan’s Soros

New York-based indie distributor Abramorama has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Jesse Dylan’s feature-length documentary Soros from Vital Pictures.

The 88-minute film, which held its U.S. premiere at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival, provides an intimate portrait on billionaire activist George Soros, one of the most influential and controversial modern-day figures, as he takes on the fight against the rise of authoritarianism around the world.

Abramorama will launch a live, nationwide streaming premiere (and post-screening conversation with Dylan) on Nov. 18 via the film’s website. The distributor will then release the film as a nationwide Watch Now @ Home offering beginning Nov. 20.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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