EXCLUSIVE: Fusion has set its sights on The Traffickers, an investigative series that follows the illegal trades of precious minerals, counterfeit drugs, endangered species and even people around the globe. The hourlong series set to air this year hails from Lightbox, the production company founded by Simon Chinn, who won Oscars for the feature documentaries Man On Wire and Searching For Sugar Man, and Jonathan Chinn, an Emmy winner for American High. Watch a teaser for the show above.
Hosted by British journalist Nelufar Hedayat, The Traffickers offers an unflinching look at the processes, personalities and routes that move black-market goods around the world. Hedayat will travel through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas as he chronicles the profit-driven dealers, compliant middlemen, bribe-taking officials, poachers and smugglers and comprising vast transportation networks, packaging factories, safe houses — and enormous amounts of money. Expect the series to raise more questions than answers.
“We know our audience has an insatiable curiosity, so we are always looking for new ways to inform and surprise them, and that’s what this
series does,” said Keith Summa, executive producer of Investigations for Fusion. “The Traffickers reveals how these criminal networks only exist because of the complicity of people very much in our world – doctors, lawyers, shopkeepers, government workers — people who could be your neighbor. Without them, these criminal networks don’t exist.”
Cousins Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn and Sam Collyns serve as executive producers for Lightbox along with Keith Summa and Daniel Eilemberg. Isaac Lee is exec producing for Fusion.
“Fusion embraced our vision for the visual style of the series and our desire to take audiences on riveting journeys that explore the moral complexities that exist in our interconnected world.,” the Chinns said in a statement.