Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

True Crime: The Boom Continues. What’s Breaking Through?

The True Crime boom continues. And evolves.

Ampere Analysis‘ findings presented at the recent MIPDOC capture how True Crime (in light blue) dominates all other genres in net added programs on four of the Big 5 major streaming platforms.

And ID‘s disturbing Nickelodeon expose Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV dominated minutes viewed and the social conversation for documentaries in Q1 2024.

 

What’s New?

We continue our survey of the ever-evolving genre with 19 new projects from ID, Netflix, Max, Apple TV+, Paramount+, Oxygen, Hulu and more.

Our update helps answer the key questions:

  • What kinds of stories do the buyers want? Or not?
  • Who gets the greenlights?
  • Does your pitch and production team match the market?

We’re watching closely to see if the success of Quiet On Set leads buyers to double down on stories that reveal such abuse.

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Thx to Ampere Analysis for a compelling presentation on trends at MIPDOC.


Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV

 

 

The Crime

The series spotlights prolific TV creator Dan Schneider and, as those who previously worked for him allege, his abuse of power; the multiple convicted pedophiles who worked on his hit Nickelodeon shows; and more about what happened behind the scenes through interviews with former child actors, parents and crew members. –Los Angeles Times

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  • Investigation Discovery

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Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer

 

 

The Crime

A body in the darkroom of a gay bar puts Berlin police on the trail of a killer who poisons and robs his targets — but is he only in it for the money? -Netflix

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  • Netflix Germany

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American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders

 

 

The Crime

When journalist Danny Casolaro was found dead in a hotel bathtub, police ruled it a suicide. But his family and colleagues believe he may have been murdered for investigating a conspiracy he called “The Octopus” – a hidden organization connected to stolen government spy software, a string of unsolved murders, and some of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century. -Netflix

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  • Netflix

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American Nightmare

 

 

The Crime

After a home invasion and kidnapping, a young couple’s recounting of the events is too far-fetched for the police to believe. You’ll never suspect the truth. –Netflix

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  • Netflix

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Hunting Mr. Nice

Trailer to come

The Crime

The true-crime two-parter Hunting Mr. Nice (2 x 60 min.) recounts the criminal career of notorious cannabis smuggler Howard Marks, a.k.a. “Mr. Nice,” a Wales native who graduated from low-level weed-dealing during his Oxford days to manning a worldwide drug-smuggling network at the height of the U.S. “War on Drugs” in the 1980s.

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  • BBC Factual
  • BBC Cymru Wales

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Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife

 

 

The Crime

Dr. Paolo Macchiarini is world-famous for his revolutionary stem cell-infused windpipe transplants. There’s just one problem: His patients keep dying. -Netflix

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  • Netflix

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Bitconned

 

 

The Crime

In this true-crime documentary, three guys exploit the freewheeling cryptocurrency market to scam millions from investors and bankroll lavish lifestyles. -IMDb

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  • Netflix

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Jack Unterweger

Trailer to come

The Crime

Jack Unterweger is a documentary series about one of the most incredible true-crime cases: While Jack Unterweger was celebrated as an author and a prime example of a rehabilitated murderer, he continued to kill unhindered. The women who survived his attacks recount how Unterweger entangled his supporters in a web of lies. -Netflix

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  • Netflix

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  • Kirsten Brandt

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The Interrogation Tapes

 

 

The Crime

A look at some of the most compelling criminal cases in recent history through the lens of interrogations, unveiling the tricks of the trade detectives use to coax confessions from suspects. -Hulu

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  • Hulu

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John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial

 

 

The Crime

Features exclusive eyewitness interviews and previously unseen crime scene photos of cultural icon John Lennon and the investigation and conviction of Mark David Chapman, his confessed killer. -IMDb

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  • Apple TV+

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Painkiller: The Tylenol Murders

 

 

The Crime

Using hours of exclusive archival footage, Painkiller: The Tylenol Murders is a gripping five-part docuseries transporting you to 1982. It immerses you in the chaos of one of the nation’s most notorious unsolved crimes. a common pain reliever Tylenol had been laced with cyanide killing seven people including a child. -IMDb

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  • Paramount+

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Pathological: The Lies of Joran van der Sloot

 

 

The Crime

Through rare interviews with victims’ family members, eyewitnesses and experts on the criminal mind, this documentary reveals new insights into how Joran van der Sloot’s lifelong pattern of violence and pathological lying leads to the deaths of two young women. -Peacock

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  • NBC

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The Truth vs. Alex Jones

 

 

The Crime

On the day of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Alex Jones began questioning the veracity of the attack. For years, his denial of the murders and further fabrications about a government cover-up turbocharged traffic to his website, Infowars, generating millions of dollars in revenue. Filmed over four years with unprecedented access, The Truth vs. Alex Jones chronicles the riveting courtroom drama of two defamation lawsuits brought by the victims’ families against Alex Jones and their historic outcomes. -HBO

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  • HBO

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Selena and Yolanda: Secrets Between Them

 

 

The Crime

Yolanda Saldivar grants her first English interview in decades from prison on her relationship with Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Saldivar and Quintanilla-Perez family members provide insight on their bond. -IMDb

Who was Selena Quintanilla-Perez?

Known by her first name, Selena was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American singers of the late 20th century. She was killed by the president of her fan club in 1995 at the young age of 23.

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  • Oxygen

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They Called Him Mostly Harmless

 

 

The Crime

A hiker found dead in Florida wilderness is identified by internet sleuths after 2 years. His identity triggers more questions as multiple hikers claim to have met him, but he never revealed his name. -IMDb

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  • Max

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The Truth About Jim

 

 

The Crime

An investigator confronts a traumatic past and secrets that have plagued her family for generations. Was Jim Mordecai, their husband, stepfather, and step-grandfather a notorious serial killer? -IMDb

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  • Max

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Till Murder Do Us Part: Soering vs. Haysom

 

 

The Crime

New insights from various parties come to light that raise questions about Jens Söring’s conviction of the gruesome 1985 murders of his then-girlfriend’s parents. -IMDb

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  • Netflix

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The Program: Cons, Cults, and Kidnapping

 

 

The Crime

Years after being sent to a disciplinary school, a woman still haunted by her experiences exposes the corruption and abuse of the troubled teen industry. -IMDb

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  • Netflix

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The Picasso of Thieves

 

The Crime

This True Crime docu-film offers a rare glimpse into the mind of art thief Joselito Vega, the documentary film’s namesake, who was nicknamed “Picasso” as he rose to notoriety. Working as a house painter for decades, Vega stole well over $100,000 in artwork (authentic Picasso works), until he was famously busted in a televised undercover sting operation, making major newspaper headlines. -Prime Video

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  • Amazon
  • Tubi

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