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Exclusive: Trailblazer to adapt Reuters’ investigative series “The Body Trade”

Emmy-winning full-service entertainment outfit Trailblazer Studios and Reuters have penned a television deal to bring the international news organization’s award-winning investigative series The Body Trade to the small screen. The Body Trade featured Reuters reporters ...
January 29, 2021

Emmy-winning full-service entertainment outfit Trailblazer Studios and Reuters have penned a television deal to bring the international news organization’s award-winning investigative series The Body Trade to the small screen.

The Body Trade featured Reuters reporters Brian Grow, John Shiffman and their team as they exposed how donated cadavers are driving a “virtually unregulated” industry in which human remains are bought and sold.

The investigative series, which won the 2018 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics, documented how nefarious businesses – often referred to as body brokers – manage to obtain, sell and rent out human body parts by preying on the poor.

In an effort to heighten the experience for television audiences, Raleigh-based Trailblazer has acquired unprecedented access to hours of never-before-seen footage shot during the Reuters investigation.

Trailblazer Studios’ adaptation of The Body Trade marks Reuters entry into the non-fiction television space. A broadcast partner has yet to board the project.

“We’re incredibly honored that Reuters has entrusted us with its renowned storytelling,” said Ashleigh DiTonto (pictured), SVP of development at Trailblazer Studios, in a statement. The Body Trade is an extraordinarily exhaustive feat of journalism that underscores the underbelly of this highly unregulated market. We’re excited to take the reins and share this ground-breaking story with the viewing audience.”

Trailblazer Studios focuses on creating original content across all platforms and offers production services, post and audio to third-party producers, filmmakers and content producers. The company is currently producing unannounced series across blue-chip natural history and premium docs for OWN, National Geographic and more.

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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