New Trends in True Crime: Streamers are Changing the Game… What producers need to know! A podcast with Ed Hersh

Ed Hersh is a veteran channel executive who spent years at A&E, Court TV, and Investigation Discovery as one of the architects of their True Crime programming.

He is my fellow New York-based, senior consultant, and has his own company now, StoryCentric, which advises networks and producers on their development, pitching and storytelling strategies, with a special focus on True Crime.

In our ‘pod-versation’, Ed defines what we mean by True Crime programming.

We then expand on the analysis covered in his recent popular Documentary Business post titled True Crime All the Time: Bulk Gives Way to Bespoke.

He describes three categories of the genre:

  • WHODUNIT
  • HOWDUNIT
  • WHYDUNIT

We investigate a selection of recent releases starting with The Tinder Swindler followed by We Need to Talk About CosbyScream: The True StoryBad Vegan and others.

We conclude by comparing True Crime with the hot MUSIC genre, also covered recently in Documentary BusinessStreamers Spend on Music Documentaries. Big Stars. Unique Access. Sky High Budgets. $25 Milllion for Billy Eilish July 6, 2022


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