BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It was the crime that gripped the nation—a bright, beaming, 6-year old beauty queen is mysteriously murdered in her very own home the day after Christmas in 1996. Investigators navigated false leads, a heavily compromised crime scene and a maze of finger-pointing. But now, 20 years later, Investigation Discovery (ID) in an unprecedented partnership with Weinstein Television, Jupiter Entertainment and American Media, Inc. (AMI)—parent company to RadarOnline and The National ENQUIRER, who have closely followed every lead and every step of the case—sheds new light on the still-unsolved case of who killed JonBenét Ramsey. In a three-night television event beginning Monday, September 12 at 10/9c, ID rips this cold case open with JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY (wt), chronologically reexamining the evidence to challenge long-held beliefs at the center of this enduring mystery. The series will also premiere within Discovery Networks International's portfolio of factual and lifestyle channels in more than 220 countries and territories this fall.
"Provocative, investigative programming is what ID does best – and there is no better case for us to take on than the two-decade long, agonizing mystery of what happened to JonBenét Ramsey," said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. "The fact is, we may never definitively know the answer to that question – but ID will re-explore every angle, every shred of evidence, and every 'whodunit' theory to allow our viewers to draw their own conclusions on the case."
Commented Weinstein Television Executive Vice President, Patrick Reardon: "AMI and Jupiter are the best true crime storytellers in the business and we are thrilled to be partnering with them on this project. Along with Investigation Discovery, we have found the perfect home to tell a whole new side of this 20-year mystery."
Said Dylan Howard, Chief Content Officer, AMI: "JonBenét Ramsey is the most compelling cold case murder of our day, and still haunts millions of people around the world who so desperately want answers. This series is the most authoritative and thorough examination of the investigation to date, and will lead viewers on a fascinating exploration of never-before-seen police evidence, and probe key figures in the crime with provocative questions. Utilizing the world-class reporting of AMI's publications and its investigators, JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY provides detailed profiles and reveal chief suspects as we pursue the greatest unanswered question of them all — who killed this innocent beauty queen."
"We are thrilled to be working with ID, Weinstein Company and American Media, Inc. to bring old and new evidence to light," said Allison Wallach, President of Jupiter Entertainment. "Numerous theories and investigations have been launched from this case and we are excited for the chance to showcase them all together in one captivating series."
JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY (wt) is an unabridged and comprehensive look at the entire case around JonBenét Ramsey's murder, from top-to-bottom. As headlines and sensational breaking news chronicled the investigation's every move, the country became transfixed by the child behind the pageant star, and the bizarre circumstances of her death. Featuring rarely-shared police interrogation tapes, unsealed documents and more than 500 family photos, JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY (wt) is the definitive look at every angle of this tragic and controversial murder investigation.
Exclusive interviewees featured in this three-part series include Gordon Coombes, a former investigator for the Boulder County District Attorney's office, offering unique insight into the inner-workings of the office during critical moments in the case; Diane Dimond, an investigative journalist for Hard Copy who covered the case on the ground in Boulder from the very beginning; Bobby Brown and Steve Pease, both former Colorado Springs Detectives and protégés of Lou Smit's famed Apple Dumpling Gang—a group of retired law enforcement officials famous for solving some of the nation's toughest cold cases.
Other individuals interviewed include Ollie Gray and John San Agustin, private investigators for the Ramsey family and leading voices advocating the "Intruder Theory"; Bob Whitson, former Sergeant in the Boulder Police, who was in the Ramsey house the day JonBenét's body was discovered; and Pamela Griffin, Patsy Ramsey's confidant who handmade all of JonBenét's pageant costumes.
JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY (wt) is produced for Investigation Discovery by Weinstein Television, American Media, Inc., and Jupiter Entertainment with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Patrick Reardon, Stephen Land, Allison Wallach, Matt Sprouse, David Pecker and Dylan Howard as Executive Producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
About Weinstein Television
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob's tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 351 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING'S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL and THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Upcoming releases include HANDS OF STONE, THE FOUNDER, and LION.
Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Upcoming series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premieres later this year on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.
Scripted series include John Fusco's Marco Polo with Netflix, which premiered its second season in July 2016, critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes' Doctor Thorne with Amazon. Upcoming series include Stephen King's The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).
Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo's Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King's The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.
About Jupiter Entertainment
Jupiter Entertainment is a full-service production company focused on creating successful, highly formatted TV series with great storytelling, compelling characters and high production values. For 20 years, Jupiter Entertainment has produced a variety of hit primetime series and specials across a wide range of genres including explosive docusoaps like Wild West Alaska (Animal Planet), long running series like Snapped (Oxygen) and hit series like Homicide Hunter (ID). Other recent credits include: Killer Couples, #Killerpost (Oxygen), Justice: By Any Means, Fatal Attraction (TV One) and National Enquirer Investigates (REELZ). Jupiter Entertainment currently operates offices in New York, NY and Knoxville, TN. Find out more about Jupiter Entertainment and its projects at www.jupiterent.com.
About American Media, Inc.
American Media, Inc. (AMI) owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and active lifestyle media brands in the United States. AMI's titles include National Enquirer, Star, OK!, Globe, National Examiner, Soap Opera Digest, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers. AMI also manages 10 different digital sites including RadarOnline.com, OKmagazine.com, MensFitness.com and MuscleandFitness.com. AMI's magazines have a combined total circulation of 2.1+ million and reach more than 37 million men and women each month. AMI's digital properties reach an average of 50 million unique visitors and over 350 million page views monthly.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these "real people, real stories", the "always revealing" network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.
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