New coproduction makes headlines about JFK assassination
This November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. For television executives, it’s both a major programming opportunity and a potential headache. The difficulty is finding something that not only stands out from what rivals are airing but is also different from anything seen over the past 50 years.
JFK: The Smoking Gun may have cracked it. The doc combines cinematic recreations with the work of Australian police detective Colin McLaren, who has conducted a cold case review of the shooting, drawing inspiration fromBonar Menninger’s book Mortal Error: The Shot that Killed JFK.
Drive put the project in front of Edwina Follows, director of commissioning and production at Discovery Canada and exec producer of the two-hour special, at last year’s Mipcom on behalf of Simon Egan at Bedlam Productions.
The resulting coproduction from Discovery Canada and SBS in Australia is making headlines for its theory about the assassination.
I was given a mandate from my boss Ken McDonald, VP of programming, to create a really significant documentary in order to commemorate the anniversary. I bumped into Ben and Lilla at Mipcom and they were pitching different projects and mentioned a JFK show. I had to know more.
Edwina Follows, Discovery Canada