April 1, 2020
In this week's edition:
• ID Investigates Infamous West Memphis Three Saga
• Distributor Spotlight: Albatross World Sales
ID Investigates Infamous West Memphis Three Saga
By Kristin Brzoznowski
The story of three young boys accused of a gruesome triple homicide in small-town Arkansas gripped the nation back in the early ’90s, and what followed became a decade-long global saga and search for justice. The trio, who became known as “the West Memphis Three,” have long maintained their innocence and were released from prison in 2011 after entering an Alford plea, but the case continues to intrigue many around the world, as questions remain unanswered.
This Sunday, April 5, Investigation Discovery (ID) will air The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery. Produced by Jupiter Entertainment, this latest installment of ID’s Murder Mystery franchise delves deep inside the investigation, taking a closer look at the flimsy evidence against the teens and possible motivations behind the murders.
“We are always looking for well-known, iconic stories that we can shine a new light on for viewers, especially when there is a larger theme to explore,” says Harrison Land, executive producer for the series from Jupiter Entertainment. “The case of the West Memphis Three checked all of these boxes.”
The three-hour special event features one-on-one interviews with those closest to the case, including with one of the defendants, Jason Baldwin, marking the first major documentary he has participated in since the early 2000s. There’s also courtroom footage, interrogation room audio tapes and emotional interviews with family members.
“We offer a new theory toward the end of the special that we have yet to see anywhere,” Land teases. “Additionally, Jason Baldwin was released in 2011, so he’s now had almost a decade to think back on the tragic events that transpired and the years he lost. We think his new perspective is incredibly important. We also feel that we’ve taken a uniquely holistic and fair-minded approach to the story.”
Baldwin’s involvement is key, he adds. “Having one of the wrongfully accused men in our special is not only necessary in terms of giving him a platform to have his voice heard, but it also gives our viewers the true, inside story of what really happened and how it impacted the lives of those affected.”
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Distributor Spotlight: Albatross World Sales
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MANAGING DIRECTOR: Anne Olzmann
SALES MANAGER, EUROPE (EXCEPT EASTERN EUROPE), AMERICAS, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND: Lisa Anna Schelhas
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PROGRAMS: The Meadow—Paradise Lost?: 1x44 min./1x90 min., nature & wildlife; Gorillas under Stress: 1x52 min., nature & science; Land of the Far North: 2x52 min., nature & wildlife; Out of Europe—A New Story of Human Evolution?: 1x52 min., science & history; Darwin in Times Square—The Science of Urban Evolution: 1x52 min., nature & science; On Thin Ice: 1x52 min., nature & science; Beasts and Witches: 4x52 min./4x43 min., nature & wildlife; The Rhône: 1x52 min., science & travel; Paradise Preserved: 5x52 min., science & travel; Cruising the Baltic Sea—A Summer on the Water: 5x52 min., travel.
TRAILERS: Please visit Albatross World Sales’ Screening Room to view clips of The Meadow—Paradise Lost?, Gorillas under Stress, Out of Europe—A New Story of Human Evolution?, Beasts and Witches, The Rhône, Paradise Preserved and Cruising the Baltic Sea—A Summer on the Water.
“Albatross World Sales is a leading documentary and factual-program distributor and offers a wide range of high-quality content. A large part of our catalog is devoted to blue-chip wildlife programs, high-end science titles and inspiring travel and lifestyle series. We represent a large number of international, award-winning production companies and can, therefore, offer a wide variety of programming with different visual approaches and storytelling.
We are excited [about] the new film by Jan Haft. The Meadow—Paradise Lost? (4K) was a theatrical success and is now available for TV and VOD worldwide. With Gorillas under Stress (4K) and Darwin in Times Square—The Science of Urban Evolution (4K), we present two brand-new visionary science docs.
We are devoted to diversifying and strengthening our program slate to ensure that we keep bringing highly relevant content to our clients worldwide.”
—Anne Olzmann, Managing Director
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