or


[01/09/09 - 12:43 PM]
Investigation Discovery's "Dallas Dna" Profiles the Headline-Making Dallas County Conviction Integrity Unit as It Seeks Justice for the Dallas Community
The six-part series debuts Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from Investigation Discovery]

Investigation Discovery's "DALLAS DNA" Profiles the Headline-Making Dallas County Conviction Integrity Unit as it Seeks Justice for the Dallas Community

-- Network Given Exclusive Access to CIU as It Opens Cold Cases and Exonerates Innocent Men, Sometimes After Decades Behind Bars --

January 9, 2009

(Los Angeles, Ca.) Imagine serving decades in prison for a crime you didn't commit, with absolutely no hope of appeal or parole, no hope of finding out who actually committed the crime for which you are incarcerated and no hope of enjoying life with loved ones outside of prison walls. When Craig Watkins ran for district attorney in Dallas County, Texas, he promised to fight for justice and through an innovative and unconventional new division he founded, he's been true to his word. In July 2007, Watkins created the nation's first-ever Conviction Integrity Unit run through a DA's office, tasked with re-examining hundreds of petitions submitted by inmates seeking DNA testing and a reinvestigation of their cases. With more than 40 cases receiving post-conviction DNA evidence analysis, the results have stunned the nation�to date, 18 cases were found to have wrongful convictions, and under DA Watkins' leadership six innocent men have walked free. Dallas County has more exonerations than any other jurisdiction in the nation since state law began allowing post-conviction testing in 2001.

Investigation Discovery's cameras were granted exclusive and unprecedented access to the groundbreaking work of the CIU�from the DA's office and the court system to the prisoners and their families�and the result is a gripping six-part series premiering Tuesday, April 28, from 10-11PM ET.

"DALLAS DNA represents Investigation Discovery's commitment to providing compelling programming that explores the complete human condition and examines important issues shaping our culture," said Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Emerging Networks. "The focus of DALLAS DNA is District Attorney Craig Watkins' innovative Conviction Integrity Unit and the fascinating stories about the wrongfully convicted walking free after receiving long-awaited justice through exoneration, as well as the final chapter of appeals proving justice was served in the original conviction."

Traditionally, defense lawyers and organizations like the Innocence Project lead the re-examination of these cases, which makes District Attorney Watkins' CIU so revolutionary. For some of the petitioned cases, the CIU reviews all available evidence, which can also include conducting new interviews with witnesses and testing DNA evidence using methods that were not available at the time of the original conviction. DALLAS DNA follows the dedicated staff of the CIU as they unravel the mysteries of each case, ultimately confirming guilt or watching as an exonerated prisoner takes his first steps as a free man. When new DNA evidence is made available to investigators, it can also provide a shocking resolution to some cases�forensic proof of the actual perpetrator. Equally compelling are the cases that confirm the original convictions�including one death row inmate who maintains his innocence even when presented with DNA testing that proves he committed the crime.

DALLAS DNA viewers witness powerful personal moments, such as when an exoneree meets his son for the first time or enjoys a simple pleasure like using a cell phone for the first time or riding in a car after decades behind bars. These men also need to assimilate back into society, reconnect with families and rebuild all aspects of their lives. These challenges present a difficult transition, but one that each man has dreamed about for years.

DALLAS DNA was produced for Investigation Discovery by Touch Productions with Malcolm Brinkworth as executive producer. For Investigation Discovery, Christo Doyle is executive producer, Deborah Adler Myers is senior vice president of programming and Clark Bunting is president and general manager for Investigation Discovery.

About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human condition. ID, the new authority in real investigations, is expanding partnerships with leading news organizations and production companies to bring the strongest analytic, factual investigative and current affairs programming to more than 52 million U.S. households. Providing the highest quality investigative programming focused on fascinating stories of human nature from the past to the present, Investigation Discovery's in-depth documentaries and series challenge viewers on important issues shaping our culture and defining our world. For more information, please visit investigation.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.





  [january 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· DALLAS DNA (ID)





[08/25/16 - 10:02 AM]
FYI Greenlights New Original Series "Stove Tots"
Production begins immediately on 13 one-hour episodes with the series slated to premiere in 2017.

[08/25/16 - 10:01 AM]
IFC's Comedy Crib Partners with the New York Television Festival
The exclusive Comedy Crib collaboration will highlight the selected projects through the end of the year.

[08/25/16 - 10:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Lineup of Comedy Programming for Upcoming Months
Highlights include new specials from Jerrod Carmichael, Pete Holmes and T.J. Miller.

[08/25/16 - 09:34 AM]
Showtime(R) Sets Premiere Date for "Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee"
Oscar nominee and two-time Sundance Film Festival winner Nanette Burstein delivers a deep investigation into the mysterious life of visionary anti-virus entrepreneur John McAfee.

[08/25/16 - 09:33 AM]
History(R) Commemorates the 15th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks with a Week of Original Primetime Specials
A new special, "15 Septembers Later," will premiere on Labor Day, Monday, September 5 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/25/16 - 09:00 AM]
"ACM Honors" Performers Added - Alicia Keys, Miranda Lambert and More!
Plus: Mike Fisher, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Thomas Rhett will present at the ceremony taking place Tuesday, August 30, at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.

[08/25/16 - 08:43 AM]
Adventurer Josh Gates Embarks on an Epic Mission to Tackle the Age-Old Question: Is the Yeti Real?
In Travel Channel's four-week special event, adventurer and explorer Josh Gates embarks on an epic and enthralling journey through Nepal and Bhutan, in search of the truth behind the legend.

[08/25/16 - 08:03 AM]
Bravo Media's New Real Estate Series "Yours, Mine or Ours" Premieres Monday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/PT
Bravo Media enlists boisterous real estate agent Reza Farahan and interior designer and decorator Taylor Spellman to help couples, living under separate roofs, figure out which residence they should call home.

[08/25/16 - 08:01 AM]
Amazon Original Live-Action American Girl Special "Melody" Casts Marsai Martin in Lead Role
Executive produced by Common, Melody will also star Frances Fisher as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison as Melody's grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor as Melody's mother Frances Ellison.

[08/25/16 - 08:00 AM]
Pop Superstars The Chainsmokers to Perform "Closer" at 2016 "MTV Video Music Awards"
They join previously announced performers Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy, Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Future and Video Vanguard recipient Rihanna.

[08/24/16 - 05:44 PM]
Ariana Grande to Reunite with Nicki Minaj On-Stage for Performance of "Side to Side" at 2016 "MTV Video Music Awards"
The 2016 VMAs will air live from New York's iconic Madison Square Garden for the first time ever on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/24/16 - 03:32 PM]
Lifetime Greenlights Britney Spears Biopic
Production begins this September in Vancouver for a 2017 premiere on Lifetime.

[08/24/16 - 02:31 PM]
"Live with Kelly" Kicks Off 2016-17 Season on September 5, 2016
As the exciting search for Kelly's new on-air partner continues, a diverse group of personalities will join her on the show.

[08/24/16 - 01:15 PM]
Renowned Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Leads the Way in Season Two of WGN America's Trailblazing Series, "Underground" from Sony Pictures Television
Aisha Hinds has been cast as a recurring guest star in the pioneering role of Harriet Tubman.

[08/24/16 - 12:23 PM]
NASCAR and Nickelodeon Wave Green Flag for Third Season of "Hammer Down"
Premiering Friday, September 23 at 9:30/8:30c on Nicktoons, the third season of "NASCAR Hammer Down" features eight, 15-minute episodes.