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Hulu Announces 3 New Docs

Hulu has announced three new titles to its lineup of original docs: “Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told,” “Queenmaker: The Making of An It Girl,” and “The Jewel Thief.”

“Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told” recounts the rise and fall of a small Atlanta HBCU picnic that exploded into an influential street party and spotlighted ATL as a major cultural stage. Can the magic of Freaknik be brought back 40 years later?

Executive producers include showrunner Geraldine L. Porras and director P Frank Williams, as well as Jermaine Dupri, Luther Campbell, Peter Bittenbender and Melissa Cooper for Mass Appeal, Eric Tomosunas for Swirl Films, Terry Ross and Alex Avant. Nikki Byles and Jay Allen are producers.

“Queenmaker: The Making of an It Girl” reveals the story behind the now-defunct “Park Avenue Peerage” blog. In the height of heiress-era NYC, an anonymous blogger infiltrated Manhattan’s elite, bringing socialite celebrity to new heights.  When the website’s creator was unmasked, the mastermind was not who anybody expected.

Scott Kaplan is executive producing alongside CoverStory partner Emmett McDermott as producer. Zackary Drucker is directing the doc.

“The Jewel Thief” will give the unbelievable first-hand account of Gerald Blanchard, one of the most creative, calculating and accomplished criminal masterminds in modern history. Two unlikely Winnipeg detectives track Blanchard across the globe as he perpetrates a series of increasingly elaborate heists in a quest for fame and notoriety through a life of crime.

The doc comes from A Submarine Deluxe Production in association with Transient Pictures with Landon Van Soest set as director. Executive producers include Rick Brookwell and Ben Schwartz. Josh Braun, Ben Braun, Dan Braun and Van Soest are producers.

Hulu Originals’ doc division is run by senior vice president of documentaries and unscripted series Belisa Balaban and documentaries vice president Beth Osisek.

Source: Variety

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