NATION'S LEADING TRUE CRIME NETWORK INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY EXPLORES THE FALL OF 'AMERICA'S DAD' IN "BILL COSBY: AN AMERICAN SCANDAL"
-- Presented in Partnership with AMI, Weinstein Television and Jupiter Entertainment,
All-New Special Premieres Monday, June 5 at 9/8c--
(Silver Spring, Md.) -For more than five decades Bill Cosby warmed the hearts of fans nationwide through his comedy shows, his enduring hit television series "The Cosby Show" and his notable charitable works. But is it possible there was something more sinister lurking behind his wit, charm and generosity? In one of the most stunning recent reversals in public life, more than 50 women have come forward in recent years with allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them. Now, on the eve of his explosive criminal trial for the alleged 2004 assault of Andrea Constand, Investigation Discovery (ID) in partnership with American Media Inc, (AMI), Weinstein Television, and Jupiter Entertainment, presents BILL COSBY: AN AMERICAN SCANDAL. This one-hour special takes viewers deep inside the secret life of Cosby and his family, shining a light on the drama and dysfunction behind this seemingly perfect household. BILL COSBY: AN AMERICAN SCANDAL premieres worldwide Monday, June 5 at 9/8c, only on Investigation Discovery.
"Dr. Cliff Huxtable - a doting father living a perfect, suburban life - appears to be a far cry from the picture painted by Bill Cosby's accusers," said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. "Between the upcoming trial and the inevitable verdict in the court of public opinion, our viewers and, indeed, all of his fans, want to know if we adored a man who was secretly a monster."
The latest installment from the team that brought viewers JONBENET RAMSEY: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY and the record-breaking CASEY ANTHONY: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY, this 60-minute special is a comprehensive look at Cosby's rise to fame, his shocking family drama and the allegations that perpetuated his downward spiral. BILL COSBY: AN AMERICAN SCANDAL features all-new and exclusive interviews with those closest to the Cosby family, as well as alleged victims who have come forth in recent years. Among those accusers is actress and artist Lili Bernard, who accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her while preparing for a guest role on The Cosby Show in the 1990s.
Other notable interviews featured in BILL COSBY: AN AMERICAN SCANDAL include:
· Shawn Brown, former girlfriend of Bill Cosby
· Gloria Allred, attorney currently representing 33 Cosby accusers
· Chuck Vinson, director, The Cosby Show
· Ronald L. Smith, Cosby biographer
· Manuel Roig-Franzia, reporter, The Washington Post
· Beth Karas, legal analyst
· Dr. Judy Kuriansky, clinical psychologist
· Mark Ebner, investigative journalist
· Dylan Howard, editor-in-chief, National Enquirer
· Jarrett Ferentino, attorney
BILL COSBY: AN AMERICA SCANDAL is produced for Investigation Discovery by Weinstein Television, American Media, Inc., and Jupiter Entertainment with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Patrick Reardon, Stephen Land, Allison Wallach, Matt Sprouse, David Pecker and Dylan Howard as Executive Producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
About Weinstein Television
Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob's tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 351 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.
Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Upcoming series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premieres later this year on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.
Scripted series include John Fusco's Marco Polo with Netflix, which premiered its second season in July 2016, critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes' Doctor Thorne with Amazon. Upcoming series include Stephen King's The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).
About Jupiter Entertainment
America's leading producer of true crime and mystery programming, Jupiter Entertainment is a full-service production company focused on creating highly successful TV series with great storytelling, compelling characters, and high production values. For over 20 years, Jupiter Entertainment has produced a variety of hit primetime series and specials across a wide range of genres from explosive docusoaps like Wild West Alaska (Animal Planet) and Welcome to Myrtle Manor (TLC) to broadcast specials like Game Changers with Robin Roberts (ABC). Jupiter Entertainment has also produced record shattering true crime programming from hit series like Homicide Hunter to stunning specials such as Jon Benet: An American Murder Mystery and Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery, all of which delivered landmark ratings for ID. Other recent credits include: Killer Couples, #Killerpost (Oxygen), Justice: By Any Means, Fatal Attraction (TV One) and National Enquirer Investigates (REELZ). Jupiter Entertainment currently operates offices in New York, NY and Knoxville, TN. Find out more about Jupiter Entertainment and its projects at www.jupiterent.com.
About American Media, Inc.
American Media, Inc. (AMI) owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and active lifestyle media brands in the United States. AMI's titles include National Enquirer, Star, OK!, Globe, National Examiner, Soap Opera Digest, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers. AMI also manages 10 different digital sites including RadarOnline.com, OKmagazine.com, MensFitness.com and MuscleandFitness.com. AMI's magazines have a combined total circulation of 2.1+ million and reach more than 37 million men and women each month. AMI's digital properties reach an average of 50 million unique visitors and over 350 million page views monthly.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these "real people, real stories", the "always revealing" network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.