The Ethics of True Crime

The Ethics of True Crime

Tuesday, 21 November, 2023
6:30pm for 7:00pm

Location

Everyman Kings Cross
14-18 Handyside Street
London
N1C 4DN
United Kingdom
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How can True Crime producers balance good practice while still telling compelling, and often much-needed stories?

Whether it’s on TV, through a podcast, or sharing the latest viral social media video, the audience demand for true crime content is growing ever more rapidly, and with it, so do the ethical considerations for the producers behind the nation's most-watched investigations. At the heart of every new headline-making programme, Dahmer to The Staircase, Jimmy Savile to Amanda Knox, is a victim and a family, to say nothing of the countless people whose involvement in these tragedies amounts to far more than entertainment. How should producers navigate sensitivity, while avoiding self-censorship? Can true crime be a force to good, rather than just rubbernecking?

This session looks at how UK broadcasters and production companies can work together to incorporate better journalistic practices into true crime, examining the problems the genre must address, the challenge of regulating online content, whether that be TikTok, Snapchat, YouTube… or dare we say, Netflix, and the compliance documentation needed. Our panel of experts also examine how to protect contributors and stakeholders throughout the entire production process. 

This event is supported by film & TV PR agency Percy & Warren. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine over which to continue the debate in the venue bar afterward. 

 

 

Chair:
Nazir Afzal OBE, Chancellor, The University of Manchester; Former Chief Crown Prosecutor & IPSO Complaints Committee Member

Panel:
Diana Carter, Commissioning Editor & Head of Talent, A+E Networks UK
Will Hanrahan, Creative Director, FirstLook TV
Sarah Stevenson, Head of Development, Yeti Television
Clare Hoban, Solicitor, Reviewed & Cleared 

Producer: Phoebe Brown, Xander Ross, Damien Ashton-Wellman

Venue:
Screen 2
Everyman Kings Cross
4-18 Handyside Street
London N1C 4DN

Public transport:

BY TUBE
King's Cross St Pancras (Victoria, Piccadilly, Northern, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle Lines)

BY NATIONAL RAIL
King's Cross Station and St Pancras Station

BY BUS
Bus 390 stops at Randell's Road

Parking:
There is no parking provided on site, however there is public parking in the vicinity. The nearest pay car parks are St. Pancras Station Car Park and King's Cross Station Car Park.

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