BuzzFeed Teams Up with EP Joe Berlinger & NBCU's Wilshire Studios to Develop True-Crime TV Series

"The series will be inspired by the reporting of BuzzFeed News senior national reporter Katie J.M. Baker, who reported on the still-unsolved death of Jessica Chambers, who was set on fire in December 2014."

"For BuzzFeed, meanwhile, the deal with NBCUniversal brings in [...] the kind of network power that can bring in directors like Joe Berlinger, and can help the shows that are produced get a much wider viewing. That will help BuzzFeed as it prepares for a potential IPO next year."

“Jessica’s heartbreaking story continues to spark tremendous public interest largely due to the groundbreaking reporting by BuzzFeed News. We look forward to re-examining this very gruesome and controversial murder through Joe Berlinger’s creative lens, and bring to life his unparalleled vision in the true crime documentary genre.” (Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president, development, Wilshire Studios)

"The opportunity to partner with Wilshire Studios and Buzzfeed with the goal of digging into the case and hopefully providing some answers for the family and community still struggling in its aftermath is the reason I got into this business.” (Joe Berlinger)

Berlinger's "Hank: Five Years from the Brink" Listed As Top 5 Docs About Money on Netflix by Business Insider

"Directed by Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost TrilogySome Kind of Monster), the film features both Paulson and his wife Wendy, presenting a compelling portrait what it’s like to balance leadership and a marriage under inconceivable pressure."

Joe Berlinger and Discovery ID Announce March Premiere of New Crime Docuseries, "Killing Richard Glossip"

"The two-part docuseries will trace Glossip’s journey through the criminal justice system by offering unprecedented access to the re-investigation into his case, and exclusive interviews with Glossip and Sneed. Also interviewed are Susan Sarandon, Richard Branson, and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, as well as leading detectives and attorneys on both sides of the case."

“Even if you think Richard Glossip might be guilty, his three separate trips to the execution chamber is reason enough to deeply question the sanity of the death penalty,” [said] Berlinger.

"Now, with cameras following Glossip's case during what could be the final days of his life, KILLING RICHARD GLOSSIP tells this haunting story - that of a former motel manager sentenced to die for orchestrating a murder that he swears he had nothing to do with. KILLING RICHARD GLOSSIP, a world premiere two-night event, kicks off Sunday, March 5 at 9/8c exclusively on ID."

Commemorating 'Paradise Lost' and its Mark on True Crime 20 Years Later

"After it aired on HBO in June 1996, Paradise Lost became one of the most catalytic documentaries ever produced. It presented the story objectively, showing the trial and reactions from the victims' family members, allowing viewers to make up their own minds about what happened. And it subsequently inspired a movement among viewers who concluded that the accused – who went on to become known as the West Memphis Three – had, in fact, been wrongly convicted."

True Crime Documentary Pioneer Joe Berlinger to Direct new Sundance TV Docu-Series, "In Cold Blood Revisited"

“Joe Berlinger has created a framework to explore this story that has as much to do with the cultural impact of the crime as it does the crime itself. It was not just a family and a community that was ripped apart, it was a seminal moment in post-war America that set the tone for what was to come.” (Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV) 

“I have long been obsessed with Capote’s genre-busting masterwork, but even more fascinated by the underlying crime and its impact on the American psyche.” (Joe Berlinger, who has been developing the project with AMC Studios for more than a year.) 

"The series, produced and directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, will present a 360-degree view and re-examination of the crime and subsequent events."

Award-Winning Filmmaker Joe Berlinger to Join IDA Board of Directors

"The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced today that award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger will join its Board of Directors."

"It makes me tremendously proud that he will now be taking his seat at the table on the eve of our second Getting Real Conference. Joe has fought in the trenches as a filmmaker, is a fearless, outspoken advocate and a tremendously gifted storyteller. I’m delighted he will be bringing his talent, wisdom and leadership to his new role at IDA.” (IDA Board President, Marjan Safina)

Hugely successful launch of Berlinger's Tony Robbins documentary on Netflix

"After attending Robbins’ Date With Destiny event, Berlinger felt compelled to share the experience with the world through an immersive film of the event."

"Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger turns an unflinching eye on Robbins' powerful and uncompromising approach to achieving success."

"The film is akin to a concert film, offering an as-if-you-are-there experience."

"For the first time, Robbins allows a film crew to document not just the event itself, but also the intricate production of Robbins’ seminar, revealing an uncompromising daily regimen, his demanding standards of event production, the inner workings of his creative team and a portrait of the innermost personal experiences of the attendees."

"The creator of Tony Robbins' new doc says he 'ran for the exit' the first time he attended a Robbins event"

"After making what he describes as 'hard, tough films about tough subjects', Berlinger says he was ready to 'use the documentary form in a different way'."
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Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru Premieres July 15 on Netflix

"‘Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru’ Trailer: 2,500 Fans Gather to See the Self-Help Master in Joe Berlinger’s Documentary"

"Go Inside Tony Robbins’ Illustrious Retreats With The First Trailer For Netflix Documentary"

NOT YOUR GURU Opening Night Film at AmDoc 2016; Berlinger to receive Seeing the Bigger Picture Award

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, whose latest film, “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” officially opens the festival March 31, will receive the annual Seeing the Bigger Picture Award, which has been previously bestowed on Oliver Stone, Harvey Weinstein and Peter Bogdanovich.

Joe Berlinger-Directed ‘Parole Board’ Set For March 22 Debut On LMN

"The pilot shadows two families affected by violent crimes as they prepare to face the perpetrators who are scheduled for parole and early release from prison. As the incarcerated plead for their freedom, the victims and their families fight to keep the offender behind bars"

"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."