Spike TV has teamed with documentarian Joe Berlinger to create a multi-part documentary series on the disappearances of six women in Southern Ohio debuting in July, the network announced Thursday.
The eight-hour series, Gone: The Forgotten Women Of Ohio, premieres July 22 and will follow the tragic saga of a struggling Midwest region plagued by drug and sex trafficking, said network officials.
“Although the missing women in Ohio initially garnered national media attention, they seem to have been forgotten about without any real justice being served. After discussing with Joe we were compelled to try and give these women a voice,” said Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming and Development for Spike in a statement. “Partnering with Joe has been an extremely humbling experience. He is quite frankly the best at what he does.”
Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio is produced by RadicalMedia in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company for Spike. Berlinger serves as director and executive producer, wiht Jon Kamen, Dave O’Connor, Justin Wilkes and Catharine Park serving as executive producers for the series.
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