OWN Acquires Yoav Potash's Crime After Crime for Documentary Film Club
January 31, 2011
Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is acquiring Yoav Potash's inspiring documentary Crime After Crime, it was announced today by Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer, OWN. The acquisition comes on the heels of the world premiere of Becoming Chaz at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and Ms. Erspamer's earlier announcement of Rosie O'Donnell as a collaborator for the OWN Documentary Film Club. OWN's Documentary Film Club aims to engage audiences in the same manner that Oprah's book club significantly changed the reading habits of the country, and was created to spotlight cinematic documentaries that inspire and entertain.
"We knew the moment we saw Yoav's film it was a perfect fit for us. It is a deeply moving story about a woman in prison and her unexpected relationship with two young lawyers who spend years of their lives trying to set her free," said Ms. Erspamer.
"Throughout the five and a half years of making Crime After Crime, hundreds of people said to me, 'Oprah has to see this, it would be perfect for her!' And this was before OWN even existed, so now with the network and the Documentary Club, it is an even more perfect match than anyone could have imagined," said director Yoav Potash.
Crime After Crime is the exclusive documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case.
The deal was negotiated by ro*co films on behalf of OWN, and by Submarine Entertainment's Josh Braun and David Koh on behalf of Crime After Crime.
The slate of previously announced original documentaries that comprise the OWN Documentary Film Club include Extraordinary Moms, Serving Life, Seven Suicides and Tent City, USA. Acquired documentaries include 65 Red Roses, Becoming Chaz, Family Affair, Life 2.0, Louder than a Bomb, Most Valuable Players, No Woman, No Cry, One Lucky Elephant and Sons of Perdition.
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