Four-part horror documentary executive produced by Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth, Helter Skelter: An American Myth) to premiere in 2023
BEVERLY HILLS, California–September 28, 2022–Premium network EPIX announced today that it has greenlit a four-part docuseries about the world’s most infamous haunted house tale: the Amityville murders. The project from B17 Entertainment and executive produced by Lesley Chilcott (Helter Skelter: An American Myth, An Inconvenient Truth) is the first elevated look at every aspect of this wildly layered story about the heinous murder of a family of six that became eclipsed by paranormal controversy.
The 1979 blockbuster film, The Amityville Horror, inspired by the book of the same title by Jay Anson spawned an ever-expanding universe of movies, books, supernatural theories, and horror superfans. But the mass murder behind the hauntings—and its alleged ties to organized crime—left a long trail of questions that have never been fully explored.
Rooted in the dark cultural undercurrents of the 1970s, the series features firsthand accounts from witnesses, family members, and former investigators appearing on-camera for the first time. Exclusive archival footage, newly unearthed images, and stunning original photography are woven together into the most compelling and comprehensive telling of the Amityville story yet, taking viewers on a heart-pounding roller coaster ride through the mythology, factual record, and devastating human toll of this notorious meta-narrative.
In addition to Lesley Chilcott, Blaine Duncan, Brooklyn Hudson, Amanda Raymond, Rhett Bachner, and Brien Meagher serve as executive producers. Jack Riccobono (The Seventh Fire) serves as director and executive producer.
“I’m excited to share with our viewers what is truly one of the scariest stories ever told,” said EPIX president Michael Wright. “We’re thrilled to partner with B17 and Lesley Chilcott to bring this remarkable and chilling story to our audience.”
“Some stories stay lodged in our psyche forever,” said executive producer Lesley Chilcott. “I’m thrilled to be working with such talented people to uncover new truths about this complex and often-misunderstood series of unthinkable events.”
About B17 Entertainment
B17 Entertainment, a part of Sony Pictures Television, was founded in 2013 by principals and TV veterans Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher as a full-service production company producing breakthrough content in a variety of genres including documentary, competition, comedy, kids and game. Based in Los Angeles, the company is a key supplier of programming for Netflix, ABC, Roku, HBO Max, EPIX, Facebook Watch, Instagram, Discovery, YouTube, TikTok and SyFy to name a few. B17 Entertainment’s recent productions include The History of Swear Words with Nic Cage for Netflix, Book of Queer for Discovery Plus, The Final Straw for ABC, Jojo Goes with JoJo Siwa for Facebook Watch, Craftopia for HBO Max, #Graduation with Oprah Winfrey, Thanks A Million with Jennifer Lopez and Post Malone’s Celebrity World Pong League, as well as Non-Fungible Planet with Jake Roper and Shut it Off ASAP! with Asap SCIENCE for YouTube Originals. Other past credits include Here for It with Avani Gregg, Chasing the Cure with Ann Curry, The Great Debate for SyFy, Confetti U.S. and Confetti Mexico, Make Up or Break Up and Help Us Get Married! for Facebook Watch, Nail the Look, Fright Club, WWE Show and Fashion 5 Ways for Snap; Broke Ass Game Show for MTV; Last Night’s Late Night and The Daily Chill for Quibi and Fluffy’s Food Adventures featuring Gabriel Iglesias for FUSE. Prior to B17 Entertainment, Bachner served as executive producer on The Henry Rollins Show on IFC, Man Caves on DIY and Real Deal for History. Meagher worked as a development executive for Mark Burnett Productions where he was co-executive producer on Shark Tank and also worked on Survivor and The Apprentice.
About EPIX, Soon to be MGM+
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium television network delivering a broad lineup of quality original series and docuseries, the latest movie releases, and classic film franchises—all available on TV, on-demand, online, and across devices. EPIX has tripled the amount of original programming on the network and has become a destination for original premium content, with series including Western adventure Billy the Kid; sci-fi horror series FROM; Emmy-winning series Godfather of Harlem; and cinematic dramatic series War of the Worlds, Rogue Heroes, and Belgravia. EPIX is also the home of acclaimed docuseries, including Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon, Helter Skelter, Slow Burn, My Life as a Rolling Stone, and NFL Icons. Also available are premium movies including No Time to Die, House of Gucci, Cyrano, Licorice Pizza, and more.
EPIX is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite, and emerging digital distribution platforms, as well as through its EPIX NOW app, providing more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com or follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube.
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