Building on its 20+ year legacy in the true crime space, A+E NETWORKS announces TWISTED FAITH, its first Primetime programming event across its global flagship channel CRIME+INVESTIGATION. The seven-day block will feature a lineup of original content, new season premieres of continuing series and locally produced long- and short form content. CRIME+INVESTIGATION channels around the world will kick off the event the week of November 18, 2018 on the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre. The announcement was made today by Sean Cohan, President, International & Digital Media, A+E Networks.
“TWISTED FAITH was created for CRIME+INVESTIGATION’s highly engaged, loyal viewers, many of whom represent life’s investigators – smart, curious students of human behavior,” said Cohan. “The event is an optimal platform to exploit the channel’s strong pipeline of cults and twisted faith related programming, while providing significant opportunities for localization as we present investigations of universal and broader themes across the week.”
This first-ever global programming event created for CRIME+INVESTIGATION channels focuses on cults and twisted faith around the world. The weeklong initiative will premiere new hours of programming headlined by A&E Indie Film No Greater Law; as well as new episodes of the original investigative series Cults and Extreme Belief featuring Emmy Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas; as well as local originals from Italy, Germany and the UK.
The event will air in over 100 territories around the world including in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Poland, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Southeast Asia. In Germany, TWISTED FAITH will premiere on A&E Network.
Headlining the event in the UK is a locally commissioned Special – CULTS, TABOOS AND TWISTED FAITH – produced by Phoenix TV and bringing together British cult survivors, victims and family members, some of whom are talking for the first time about the trauma of indoctrination and escape from cults and fringe groups and how it’s impacted their lives. The special is produced by local UK production company Phoenix TV and Executive Produced for the network by Di Carter.