Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo
SUNDANCE TV CONTINUES ITS EXPLORATION OF TRUE CRIME BY PARTNERING WITH AWARD-WINNING TALENT AND GREENLIGHTING THREE NEW DOCUSERIES
“The Road to Jonestown” (w/t) from Executive Producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way and Executive Producer Stephen David of Emmy Award®-Winning Stephen David Entertainment Will Air Timed to the 40th Anniversary of the Massacre
“Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo” is in Production with Emmy Award®– Winners Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Peacock Productions
“The Preppie Murder” (w/t) Begins Pre-Production with Emmy Award®– Winning Producer Robert Friedman, Bungalow Media + Entertainment Alongside the Case’s Original Prosecutor Linda Fairstein
NEW YORK, NY – January 22, 2018 – SundanceTV today announced the continuation of its exploration of true crime with the greenlight of three new docuseries: “The Road to Jonestown” (w/t) from Appian Way and Emmy Award®-winning Stephen David Entertainment; “Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo” from Emmy Award®-winners Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Peacock Productions; and “The Preppie Murder” (w/t) with Emmy® Award- winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment and the original prosecutor in the case, Linda Fairstein. The first of these docuseries, “The Road to Jonestown” (w/t), will air timed to the 40th Anniversary of the massacre this November.
With top tier talent behind the camera, each multi-part series will examine an infamous crime, delving into the crime itself and the lasting effect of these stories on the victims, American society and popular culture.
“Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo” executive produced by Emmy Award®-winners and World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Inside Deep Throat), and Elizabeth Fischer and Leslie Mattingly of Peacock Productions, chronicles the life and crimes of Tony Alamo, who, with his wife, Susan Alamo, became a born-again, fire-and-brimstone televangelist. The two launched The Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Foundation in 1969, which soon evolved into a cult that is said to still operate today. Together, by skirting the law and enforcing a code of silence among their followers, the Alamos came to wield unimaginable power, becoming millionaires on the backs of their believers. When Susan Alamo died in 1982, Tony continued getting away with heinous cruelty that included child abuse, polygamy and pedophilia. The series, which is currently in production, will explore the cultural consequences of the Alamo empire and feature rarely-seen archival footage, including an exclusive videotaped deposition with Alamo himself. It will also weave together interviews with the FBI agent who took Alamo down as well as cult survivors who have never previously shared their stories.
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About Peacock Productions – Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News, is a nonfiction production company that combines the editorial expertise, vast resources and seasoned talent of NBCUniversal to create series, documentaries and special events. Known for its compelling storytelling and versatility, Peacock Productions reaches more than 300 million people worldwide every year across broadcast, cable, syndication, and emerging platforms with its award-winning and highly-rated programming.