Scott Sternberg Productions (SSP), the prodco known for such true-crime titles as Investigation Discovery’s On the Case with Paula Zahn and the recently announced syndicated series iCRIME with Elizabeth Vargas, made an ambitious expansion bid on Thursday (June 23), launching a documentary-film division, and disclosing that it has acquired fellow true-crime specialist Strong Island Films.
The first doc production under the SSP banner is already set to premiere, as Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil: My Story drops on Reelz on Sunday (June 26). Directed by Scott Sternberg and executive produced by Sternberg and Neil, the film features the legendary hair-metal frontman recounting his tumultuous life’s tale in his own words, including the notorious DUI incident that wound up killing his best friend. Also appearing in the doc are Neil’s children, his bandmates Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, and rock journalists and historians who place Neil and the Crüe’s musical legacy in context.
Other doc titles in development at SSP include Where the Hits Were Born, which investigates the origins of some of the biggest songs in music history; and, swerving out of the music lane, Living on the Moon, which consults architects, construction experts and scientists to explore the possibility of lunar colonization.
As to the acquisition, Strong Island joins the SSP fold with more than 20 years of experience in non-fiction TV programming. Its most recent feature doc, Making an Exonoree — which follows 16 undergrads at Georgetown University who work to overturn the wrongful conviction of a man who has served nearly three decades in prison — won awards at several North American film festivals in 2021, while on the television side its productions include Invention USA (History), Crime 360 (A&E) and Fight Science (Nat Geo).
“Documentaries are now more popular than ever,” Sternberg (pictured) said. “Storytellers are now more comfortable sharing experiences, trying new experiences, and recording experiences. That is what our target is. By bringing Strong Island Films into the company, we strengthen and expand our reach.”