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Crimeways

Criminals around the world show us their cities, taking us in and around the parts we’d never otherwise see, telling us the stories we’d never otherwise hear. 

Each episode is a personalized tour of a piece of the world that’s not on any tour bus route. Maybe the dark corners of a popular city, maybe the sprawling stretches of some rural outskirt.  The visit comes to us from the perspective of someone who knows this place distinctly, intimately, precisely because he or she has lived a life in its shadows, at home in its secret corners. 

As they show us their home, they regale us with stories of their extra-legal exploits, taking us to the very places that factored into those stories. We see the world through their eyes. They explain their ethos, the criminal codes they operated under. We get an unfiltered look at the criminal lifestyle - what it provided for them, what it didn’t provide. We hear about their drives, their desires, their goals, their dreams. What they wanted. Whether they got it. What they want now. How their relationship with this place has changed over time, and what, ultimately, the place means in their view. 

Episode example: Pâl Enger, infamous Norwegian criminal and notorious thief of master artworks. Enger shows us around Oslo, where he was born and raised, and spent the time in his adult life when he wasn’t serving one of several prison sentences. He takes us through Tveita, the working class housing projects where he grew up playing soccer. In the more upscale city center, Enger recounts his criminal exploits, showing us the jewelry stores he knocked over and the art galleries he smashed and grabbed late at night, stealing priceless famous works of art. We follow Enger into the bars, shops and pool halls he frequented, meeting associates who help weave the tale of his life - friends, fellow criminals, legal defenders, even the cops who once investigated his crimes. 

 

We all Die

The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel. That’s some deep shit right there. This show straddles the line between those deep thoughts and the idiotic, asinine and plain ol’ bizarre. Host driven, our show tackles the beautiful, absurd, distant, intimate and confounding ways that we deal with death. 

Each episode delves into one or two stories exploring a culture’s handling of death, a religion dedicated to the concept of death, sports teams that have licensed their logos for caskets, an elvis impersonating mortician, a german man who wants to be buried with his sex doll and the hits keep on coming.

 

Fake News

WonderShowzen meets The Daily Show

This is a harken back to 90’s MTV when a pyschedlic Acid flashback of a show could get made. Fake News is one part news program, two parts experimental film/propaghanda program hosted by puppets.

An episode is made up of some combination of real news that is beyond comprehension (sure there’s russian meddling, but there’s also the story of the aligator riding a motorcycle), as well as produced segments about online trolls, a graphics heavy section about which parts of the demographic map satan worshippers live, and an in depth multi-part special about Donald Trump’s hair.

 

Brick by Brick

Mysteries and Scandals meets 99% Invisible.

The buildings that we live in, work in, pass by every day without really noticing all contain history. They each have their own story. The generations of lives that make up the inhabitants and visitors of a building create a web of unexplored narrative. 

We don’t usually give much thought to these stories, and in some cases there’s a reason for our ignorance - most people prefer thinking of their living and workspaces as a blank template. It’s unsettling to acknowledge the historical ghosts of the walls around us. Unsettling, but also enthralling. Once we find out a little, these stories take hold and we follow them down the rabbit hole. We all watch programs about intrigue, crime and infamy in far-off places, when in fact there is conspiracy and depravity right under our feet. The 50s-era triple homicide in the apartment across the hall, the prohibition distillery that used to operate in your office, the time-share you visit every year that was once the secret headquarters of early 20th century anarchists. 

This is True Crime television; each episode, through b-­roll, interviews, recreations, animations and archival photos and footage we stitch together a gritty documentary look at the dark historical corners of locations, using the current state of the building as our point of inception.

Sample Building Stories:

  • Cecil Hotel: Home to not one but two serial killers, the scene of the rape and murder of the Pigeon Lady of Pershing Square, and the recent unsolved death of Elisa Lam. 
  • Trenton Psychiatric Hospital: America’s first mental institution, where Dr. Henry Cotton removed the teeth and other body parts of patients, believing that such treatment could cure them. 
  • Park Central Hotel: The location of the shootings of two famous gangers, separated by almost 30 years - Arnold Rothstein in 1928 and Murder Inc.’s Albert Anastasia in 1957. 
  • 1466 East 54th Street, Los Angeles: The site of the Symbionese Liberation Army’s deadly shootout with the LAPD. 
  • The Empire State Building: The site of the “beautiful suicide” of Evely McHale in 1947, famously captured by student photographer Robert Wiles. 

We will also create an interactive online portal that maps the places featured on the show, so that viewers can explore in more depth, see how these locations relate to the neighborhoods and cities around them, and populate the map with their own histories of local buildings. 

 

Syndicates

Crime. Organized. 

A serial exploration of criminal organizations around the world. Our fearless host travels the globe meeting the people involved with - and affected by - organized crime; the bosses, the low level operatives, the investigators, the victims, the politicians, the legal scholars. From Honduran drug cartels and the Canadian maple syrup empire to Russian hacker groups and bitcoin farms to Mexican fish bladder smuggling operations, we take viewers inside the dangerous and enticing world of these groups, presenting scenes, settings and stories that are rarely told. 

 

Digital Underground

The Hunt meets Wired Magazine

A true crime series that focuses on the new world of digital crime. Host driven we meet the investigators, criminals and victims of of this recently created criminal reality. We take a thoughtful, and sometimes tongue in cheek, approach to the storytelling as we simultaneously unravel the narratives of the crimes and explore the mechanisms that made those crimes possible. The series profiles both the basement computer upstarts and the server-farm masterminds, spanning the timeline from early adopters to the innovators paving the way for startling advances in virtual crime. We investigate what methods are being used to identify and catch cyber criminals, and what tricks those perpetrators are using to avoid detection and evade capture.