One day after his Netflix documentary Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru debuted at SXSW, Joe Berlinger has another project on the launch pad. The Berlinger and Kevin Huffman co-directed Parole Board: Victims Speak will bow on Lifetime Movie Network on March 22 at 11 PM.
Picked up for a pilot by LMN, the potential series examines the effects and reactions of two families as the perpetrators of brutal crimes against them come up for parole hearings. As the families — one in Kentucky and one in New Hampshire — confront the men who murdered and maimed their loved ones and themselves, they find themselves confronting a system that could see the criminals put back on the streets. “Early release through parole is a complex issue with no easy answers, and the emotional impact that the process has on the family of victims in particular is rarely examined and portrayed,” EP Berlinger told Deadline about the raw and up-close pilot, which the Oscar nominee hopes to see go to series.
The other POV of the process came from Megan Sanchez-Warner, a victim of a violent crime herself, who created Parole Board. She brought the project to Sundance Productions co-founder Laura Michalchyshyn, who then brought RadicalMedia on board. The one-hour pilot is executive produced by Berlinger, Michalchyshyn for Sundance Productions and Sanchez-Warner with RadicalMedia’s Dave O’Connor, Justin Wilkes and Jon Kamen.
The Robert Redford co-founded Sundance Productions also has docudrama series The West coming up on AMC later this year after it was ordered straight-to-series last summer.