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Red Crown Productions, the force behind films including “Honeyboy,” “Hello, My Name Is Doris” and “Beasts of No Nation,” is branching out into television — beginning with the arrival of “If Bleeding.” Based on a project. Leeds” local TV news format.

Red Crown has acquired the television rights to “Lights Camera Crime,” a story for the Philadelphia Inquirer written by Lila A. Jones and published March 29, 2022 as part of the newspaper’s “A More Perfect Union” series. was run on

The scripted project will adapt the story as a fictional scripted account, with Daniel Colamico set to write and Yance Ford (“Strong Island”) set to direct. Red Crown’s Daniel Crown and Unilabeling will produce.

“A More Perfect Union” was promoted as a special project by the Inquirer examining the roots of systemic racism through Philadelphia-based institutions, and the article “Lights Camera Crime” saw that “T.V. How the Philly-born brand of news hurt Black. America.”

Al Primo founded the visual news format in 1965, coinciding with the launch of Westinghouse’s KYW-TV in Philadelphia. The fast-paced format was intended to add personality and energy to traditional newscasts, but as the story noted, the format changed the perception of race, crime and fear in the news media and “in major cities across the country.”

Reading Leila’s article made me realize how important this story is. This is a fascinating look at the history of eyewitness news and its impact. My hope with this series is that it opens up a conversation about the dangers of sensationalized news. Yanis couldn’t have had a better voice and vision to join this project and I’m so honored to be working with him and Daniel,” said Daniel Crown, co-owner of Red Crown Productions. are the founders.

Ford noted how the eyewitness news format “opened a Pandora’s box in the process. Layla’s article is timely and fascinating. It explores the complexities of ‘it bleeds, it leads the media’ and A deep dive into its lasting effects on depictions of race and crime.

Ford is represented by CAA, Cinetic Media and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang; Colameco is repped by Zakaria Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan LLP.

Here’s a look at the original video produced by the Philadelphia Inquirer for the story:


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