Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer has been named Program of the Year by the Banff World Media Festival. Creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos will attend the festival in June to accept the award and will deliver a “Master Class” for attendees.
Making a Murderer is an unscripted, 10-episode series about Steven Avery, who was wrongly imprisoned for 18 years, was exonerated, and two years later sent to prison for life for a separate crime.
The festival takes place in Alberta, Canada June 12-15.
“Making a Murderer is one of those riveting programs that come around once in a lifetime,” said Ferne Cohen, executive director of the festival. “Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have masterfully put together a series that has captivated the world and we are delighted to have them as the Program if the Year honorees at Banff 2016. We can’t wait for their Master Class.”
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.