[06/22/17 - 11:06 AM] Spike Announces New Docuseries "Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio," Premiering July 22 at 9pm ET/PT The series is the tragic saga of these young women shrouded in a mystery that includes a dark underbelly of a struggling Midwest region plagued by drug and sex trafficking, and a system that seems to have failed to protect these women.
[via press release from Spike TV]
SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER JOE BERLINGER
FOR AN EIGHT-PART DOCUSERIES ON THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCES AND MURDERS IN CHILLICOTHE, OHIO
Produced by RadicalMedia in Association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company, "Gone: The Forgotten Women Of Ohio" Premieres Saturday, July 22 at 9:00pm ET/PT
New York, NY, June 22, 2017 - Spike TV has joined forces with Academy Award(R)-nominated and Emmy(R)-winning documentarian Joe Berlinger ("Paradise Lost" trilogy) for an eye-opening eight-hour event series about the deaths and disappearances of six young women in southern Ohio.
"Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio," premiering Saturday, July 22 at 9:00pm ET/PT is the tragic saga of these young women shrouded in a mystery that includes a dark underbelly of a struggling Midwest region plagued by drug and sex trafficking, and a system that seems to have failed to protect these women.
Over the past three years, a murderous dark cloud has hung over Chillicothe, a small town about an hour's drive from Columbus, Ohio. Four of the victims' bodies have been discovered, while two women remain missing, leaving residents terrified and local authorities baffled. The investigation, which is still active and happening in real time, has extended to additional cities in the region as the body count has expanded beyond the original six.
Despite the fact that these women are mothers, wives, and daughters of area residents, many of the victims' family members are extremely frustrated. They believe that local law enforcement have dragged their heels on solving these crimes because the victims were involved with either drugs or prostitution... or both. Law Enforcement maintains they have been doing everything possible to solve these murders, while Berlinger and his crew have mounted an investigation of their own to help solve these crimes and look into the accusations of police mishandling.
"Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio" digs deep into this tortuous conundrum, uncovering hidden truths and shocking secrets that plague this once idyllic region. Berlinger's quest is unwavering - to uncover the facts and provide needed closure for the family members of the victims. While there has been other national media attention shining a light on this story, Berlinger's cameras were amongst the first to arrive and last to leave, so the series provides the most in depth reporting on this case to date.
"As a father of daughters of my own, I could not help but be drawn to wanting to help solve this mystery and to find out why these families felt that they were not getting the justice they deserved," said Berlinger. "Allocating eight hours of air time to mount a real time investigation as it unfolds was a bold decision by Spike, creating a wonderful collaboration between my team and the network."
"Although the missing women in Ohio initially garnered national media attention, they seem to have been forgotten about without any real justice being served. After discussing with Joe we were compelled to try and give these women a voice," explained Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming and Development, Spike. "Partnering with Joe has been an extremely humbling experience. He is quite frankly the best at what he does."
"Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio" is produced by RadicalMedia in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company for Spike. Joe Berlinger serves as director and executive producer. Jon Kamen, Dave O'Connor, and Justin Wilkes are executive producers for RadicalMedia, and Catharine Park also served as executive producer and directed two episodes.
Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series is overseeing "Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio" for the network.
About Joe Berlinger and Third Eye Motion Picture Company:
Academy Award(R)-nominated and Emmy(R) and Peabody-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades, with a particular emphasis on the criminal justice system. Berlinger's films include the landmark documentaries Brother's Keeper (PBS), a Sundance audience award winner; the Paradise Lost Trilogy (HBO), which helped lead to the release of the wrongfully-convicted West Memphis Three after 18 years of incarceration; and most recently, Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger, a searing investigation into law enforcement corruption at the highest levels (CNN). Six of Berlinger's documentary features have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, earning three Grand Jury Prize nominations. Berlinger has been a creator on numerous nonfiction television series, including six seasons of the critically-acclaimed Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts; the Emmy(R)-winning Ten Days That Changed America for The History Channel; the Emmy(R)-nominated series Oprah's Master Class and The System with Joe Berlinger for Al Jazeera America. Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru premiered on Netflix in July 2016. Berlinger's most recent TV series Killing Richard Glossip, which aired for Investigation Discovery in April, tells the haunting story of a former motel manager sentenced to die for orchestrating a murder that he swears he had nothing to do with. Later this year, Berlinger will be shooting the feature film "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" starring Zac Efron. Third Eye Motion Picture Company is Joe Berlinger's film and television development company which partners with RadicalMedia on Berlinger's nonfiction productions.
RadicalMedia is an Oscar-, Emmy-, Peabody- and Grammy Award-winning studio, with recent credits that include "MARS" for National Geographic; "Stan Against Evil" for IFC; "Hamilton's America" for PBS' Great Performances; Netflix's "Abstract: The Art of Design," which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and "Oh Hello On Broadway;" and "May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers," which won the Audience Award: 24 Beats Per Second at SXSW 2017 and was acquired by HBO. RadicalMedia's vast body of work also includes the Oscar-winning documentary "The Fog of War"; Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning "What Happened, Miss Simone?" for Netflix; "Keith Richards: Under the Influence" for Netflix; and Epix's docuseries "America Divided;" as well as numerous Joe Berlinger directed and produced projects, including the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated "Paradise Lost: Purgatory" for HBO; "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster"; "Under African Skies" for A&E; "Whitey: The US vs. James J. Bulger" for CNN, "Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru" for Netflix, "Killing Richard Glossip" for Investigation Discovery; and two documentary features that had world premieres at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival: "Intent to Destroy" and "From the Ashes," which will have its global TV debut on National Geographic on June 25, 2017. See more at RadicalMedia.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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