4th October 2018
A+E Networks is to launch a special programming strand focused on cults and zealous belief systems globally across its Crime+Investigation (C+I) network.
Twisted Faith will launch in November as a seven-day programming block of original shows, returning series, new season premieres and locally produced long- and short-form content.
Heading the event in the UK is Cults, Taboos and Twisted Faith, produced by local prodco Phoenix TV. The show brings together cult survivors, victims and family members from the UK to discuss the horror of indoctrination, how they escaped and the impact they have had on their lives. Di Carter exec produces.
Meanwhile No Greater Law (1×120’), from the A&E Indie Films division, investigates Idaho’s Treasure Valley, a rural and devout area of the US, where worldly and fundamentalist ideas of faith clash, sometimes with fatal consequences.
Other originals include Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography (2×90’), which gives personal insight into Smart’s infamous abduction and nine-month captivity, and Manson Speaks: Inside the Mind of a Madman (2×120’), presenting new theories on the notorious cult leader’s motives for murder. Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre (1×120’), Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil (1×120’) and Waco: Madman or Messiah (2×120’) complete the slate.
The week-long season will also air new episodes of Cults and Extreme Belief (9×60’), with journalist Elizabeth Vargas exploring some of the world’s most controversial organisations, season three of Escaping Polygamy (10×60’), and special Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: The Jehovah’s Witnesses (1×120’), which follows on from her original award-winning series.
Twisted Faith begins on November 18, the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre, and will air in more than 100 global territories on C+I. In Germany, the event will premiere on A&E Network.
It’s the latest global programming event planned by international channels operator A+E Networks following its History of Football season, which aired on History around the globe to coincide with the soccer World Cup over the summer.