SeriesFest 2021 starts Thursday, and the annual television festival is kicking off with a massive new docu-series that will have everyone talking.
NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock is spreading its wings into the true crime genre with Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell, a new multi-part documentary that aims to discover who Jeffrey Epstein’s most infamous associate really is. Especially with Epstein’s death, Maxwell—who was arrested as part of the investigation into his crimes and is set to be tried on her own charges in November—is the last living piece of a sordid puzzle that both captivated and horrified much of America.
The NBCUniversal family of networks has steadily carved out a presence when it comes to true crime, both scripted and unscripted. Oxygen, once a female-oriented cable channel, has now become a largely true crime channel with series like Cold Justice, which is about to return for a new season. Bravo launched Dirty John, the scripted drama based on the hit podcast, which then moved to USA for its second cycle. And another program based on a true story, Dr. Death, is also headed to Peacock later this year (and to SeriesFest next week).
But it all starts with Epstein’s Shadow, and SeriesFest has an exclusive question-and-answer session with the women who made the series. Director Barbara Shearer will be joined by her fellow executive producers Emma Cooper, Nina Burleigh and Jennifer Harkness to discuss the project in a session moderated by Variety‘s Danielle Turchiano.
It’ll be well worth streaming, because the stories of how these true crime shows are made is often as complex as the tales they’re trying to tell. So much goes into each project, and especially when the subject is someone who has already been featured in numerous news stories and other documentaries like Ghislaine Maxwell, where is the new ground? What is it about this story that keeps bringing people back to it? And most importantly, what is the real truth in the middle of all the different reports, rumors and speculations?
This documentary is both timely and chilling, and SeriesFest is giving TV fans an inside look at everything that made it possible, on the same day that it becomes available to watch on Peacock. Check out the trailer here and get tickets to SeriesFest 2021 opening night by following the links below.
Tickets for the Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell event are available here; the event streams starting on June 24 at 6:00 p.m. PT for a limited window of time. More information is available at the ticketing link. For the complete SeriesFest lineup, go here.
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