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Sky Crime commissions true-crime doc from Zeppelin Films

London-based indie Zeppelin Films has received the greenlight from British broadcaster Sky Crime to produce its latest true-crime documentary The Murder of Lee Irving: Disability Mate Crime. The one-off film examines ...
February 8, 2021

London-based indie Zeppelin Films has received the greenlight from British broadcaster Sky Crime to produce its latest true-crime documentary The Murder of Lee Irving: Disability Mate Crime.

The one-off film examines the murder of Lee Irving, a 24-year-old man with learning difficulties who is exploited then lured to his death by four “mates” in Newcastle, England.

Directed by David McConnell, the feature is produced Zeppelin Films, which was launched in 2018 by former BBC commissioning editor Elliot Reed.

“Fourteen agencies, including social services, were involved with Lee since he was four years old. A review concluded there were multiple failings to safeguard Lee, who was in and out of prison,” Reed said of the project. “Six years on, those closest to Lee are still struggling to come to terms with his death. This is his story.”

The prodco has also been commissioned to produce another true-crime feature doc, Murdered by the Mob: The Killing of Bijan Ebrahimi for Channel 5, and has also produced 22-hours of factual content across the documentary, true crime and factual entertainment spaces.

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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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