Blumhouse Television is making a further push into documentary programming, partnering with Meredith-owned Time to produce two topical documentaries about the history and impact of gun violence in schools and the recent student-led movement to implement change. Producers are currently out to networks.
The first project, The Walkout, is in production. The docu takes an immersive look at the student activism that emerged following the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Told from the point of view of students, The Walkout combines the work of student filmmakers with professional documentary crews following student activists from around the country at the earliest stages of this growing movement. The Walkout will follow this movement leading up to the nationwide school walkout on April 20.
The second documentary, Enough, continues the “never again” tone of The Walkout, and takes a deep dive into the last 20 years of mass shootings in America, looking at the complicated history of gun control legislation, the ongoing trauma of survivors and victims’ families, and the work being done to prevent further tragedy. Enough is planned to air around the 20th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy in April 2019.
Executive producers for Blumhouse Television are Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold and Mary Lisio, and for Time are Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Lance Nichols and Edward Felsenthal.
“Blumhouse Television has developed an enviable track record producing unscripted programming, and the combination of great storytelling and unparalleled perspective from both Blumhouse and Time will result in the most captivating documentaries about this very important moment shaping our world,” said Ian Orefice, head of video, Meredith Corporation, owner of Time Inc.
“We are excited to work with Blumhouse to translate Time’s vast archive and leading news reporting into timely programming, and to capture historical moments that continue to reverberate,” said Edward Felsenthal, Editor in Chief of Time. “The Walkout and Enough are especially exciting projects, reflecting our commitment to telling the story of this powerful student movement.”
“With access to Time’s archives as well as its current, active journalism, we have the ability to tell relevant stories about the topics that keep us up at night, whether from the past or present as these two projects so aptly demonstrate,” said Marci Wiseman, co-president, Blumhouse Television.
“While the events may be familiar to the audience, the perspective and our storytelling lens won’t be,” added Jeremy Gold, co-president Blumhouse Television.
Time has devoted a substantial amount of coverage to the issue of gun violence and gun violence in schools. The current issue includes stories on the student movement to stop school shootings following Parkland, as well as a letter to readers addressing the student movement by Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, and a story by Time editors titled “What We Can Do To Stop Gun Violence”.
Blumhouse Television has received Emmy awards for its productions of HBO’s The Normal Heart and The Jinx, as well as the Peabody award for The Jinx and documentary How to Dance in Ohio. Projects currently in production include limited series Secure and Hold, for Showtime; Sharp Objects limited series from Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn for HBO; The Purge, from writer/director/producer James DeMonaco based on the popular film franchise for USA/Syfy; as well as Run For Your Life, a supernatural race on the final night of Dia de los Muertos; and the long-gestating Tremors reboot, headlined by original star Kevin Bacon, both of which have a pilot order from USA/Syfy.
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