‘Trial by Media’ Trailer: Justice in the Ratings Era Explored in George Clooney-Produced Netflix Docuseries


Take a look at the trailer that’s arrived for upcoming Netflix docuseries Trial by Media.

Boasting an executive producer team that includes George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Trial by Media takes a look at a number of cases that were heavily affected by the modern media landscape. With journalism and media outlets increasingly guided by ratings, and thus advertising revenue, sensationalism has played a big part in the public’s perception of certain trials. Not only that, but their outcomes have been affected as well. Among the cases: the downfall of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and killing of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot 41 times by police.

All six parts of Trial by Media will be hitting Netflix on May 11.

Official synopsis for Trial by Media:

In our modern media landscape where real courtroom dramas have increasingly been transformed into a form of entertainment, the Netflix documentary series Trial by Media reflects on some of the most dramatic and memorable trials in recent history. Since televised coverage introduced a new emphasis on creative storytelling and showmanship into the legal system, the courtroom has never been the same. Over six compelling parts, Trial by Media explores the many ways in which the press have contributed to reshaping public perception about guilt or innocence before, during or after a trial. The series features cases reaching across different areas of the law including the unforgettable Jenny Jones made-for-Court TV murder trials, the sensational story of Rod Blagojevich’s political fall, and the case of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant who was shot 41 times by police in New York City.


Trial by Media is a Supper Club production, in association with Smokehouse Pictures, and is directed by Skye Borgman (Abducted in Plain Sight), Garrett Bradley (Time), Academy Award® nominee Yance Ford (Strong Island), Emmy® nominee Brian McGinn (Amanda Knox), Sierra Pettengill (The Reagan Show), and Tony Yacenda (American Vandal). Executive producers are author and lawyer Jeffrey Toobin (The People vs. O.J. Simpson); journalist, author and Court TV founder Steven Brill; Smokehouse Pictures’ George Clooney and Grant Heslov; and Supper Club’s Brian McGinn, Jason Sterman and David Gelb.



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