by Eugene Hernandez
>> Finishing "Paradise Lost" Follow-Up, Berlinger Branches Out With
Columbia/TriStar TV Pact
Joe Berlinger, who teamed with Bruce Sinofsky on the acclaimed
documentaries "Brother's Keeper" and "Paradise Lost," is diving deeper into
television, having just signed a first-look deal with Columbia/TriStar TV to
develop dramatic and reality-based programming. Keith Addis of Industry
Entertainment (formerly Addis-Wechsler) orchestrated the pact after signing
Berlinger as a client. Addis will exec produce the Berlinger programs.
On the dramatic side, Berlinger told indieWIRE yesterday (Wednesday) that
he is interested in creating a "gritty, realistic" drama in the vein of
"Homicide," a show for which he recently directed an episode. As for his
reality-based efforts, he offered, "I want to revitalize the reality genre
so that its not so lowbrow -- the mission is to create a show that
restores the dignity back to reality-based programming, using documentary
in normal ways that rewards the viewer for their intelligence."
Berlinger is working with Sinofsky to complete, "Revelations: Paradise Lost
Revisited," a two and one-half hour follow-up to their popular documentary.
The film will be ready in time for Sundance and is set to air early next
year on HBO. While Berlinger and Sinofsky do not have any other
documentaries in the works and are each pursuing their own projects,
Berlinger indicated, "When its right, Bruce and I will come together for
the right doc."
Additionally, Berlinger is directing and producing "Silent Witnesses,"
based on the 1964 Kitty Genovese murder, for HBO-NYC and he will direct an
episode of the new WB show, "D.C." Finally, he is developing a project
with Christine Vachon's Killer Films, entitled "The Little Fellow in the
>> CineStory Announces Competition Winners
Three screenplays have been selected from 1,300 entries as winners in the
third annual CineStory Screenwriters Awards. Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby won
for their script, "First Snow," as did Bill Robinson for "First Safety,"
and Devin Wallace for "Bitter Lake." The prizes include $2,000 each and a
one-year of mentoring programs with professionals.
A four year old non-profit corporation, CineStory is based in Chicago and
offers regular workshops and programs for local screenwriters.
[For more information, visit the CineStory website at: