CELEBRITY TRIALS IN THE MEDIA
CELEBRITY TRIALS IN THE MEDIA confronts one of the most pressing issues facing the modern television news business today, the need to deliver big ratings that drive advertising revenue, and a new definition of ‘news.’ Celebrity trials are big business, and when the news media comes to town to cover sensational cases, lives are changed and ethical barriers are shattered. If a celebrity is involved, an otherwise unnoticed case of drunk driving, insider trading, rape, or even murder gets more national and local coverage than the real news of the day.
Director Brian Malone was granted unprecedented access to the journalists scrambling to cover the rape trial of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant in 2004. From his behind-the-scenes vantage point in the tiny town of Eagle, Colorado where the trial took place, and reminiscent of the frenzy caused by the O.J. Simpson trial coverage, Malone captures a pivotal moment in the news-gathering business, when celebrity trials became a staple of entertainment. The same year, the child molestation trial of singer Michael Jackson saw 1,800 journalists take extraordinary efforts to report on little but the screaming throngs of fans and footage of Jackson and his entourage entering and leaving the courthouse.
In CELEBRITY TRAILS IN THE MEDIA, notable news reporters candidly share the challenges and ethical dilemmas that arise when the camera lights go on and the deadline to deliver a compelling news story, nearly 24 hours/7 days a week, arrives.
|Reporters and photographers position themselves outside the courthouse to record Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant at his rape trial in tiny Eagle, Colorado.|
Satellite news trucks in Eagle, Colorado.
Michael Jackson exits the courthouse at his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, CA.
Michael Jackson fans at his child molestation trial.
SRP: $19.95 | TRT: 83 minutes
Date Available on DVD & VOD Platforms: 11/6/12
UPC: 881394116627| Catalog: CLS 1161
Celebrity trials are big business, and news coverage of sensational cases can change lives and shatter ethical barriers. CELEBRITY TRIALS IN THE MEDIA goes behind-the-scenes of news coverage at the Kobe Bryant rape trial and Michael Jackson child molestation trial, where news reporters candidly share the challenges and ethical dilemmas that arise when the camera lights go on and the deadline to deliver a compelling news story, nearly 24 hours/7 days a week, arrives.
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Brian Malone is a Producer/Director/Editor and Composer from Denver, Colorado. Malone is a five-time Emmy® Award winner and has produced more than a dozen independent documentaries for broadcast and cable. His programs have aired nationally on PBS and cable networks, covering the gamut from Grammy-Award-Winning recording artists, to environmental issues, to Native American culture.
Malone’s most recent documentary film is PATRIOCRACY, now available on DVD, which explores the extreme political polarization in America that cripples the country from tackling its most serious problems. In 2009, Malone produced, directed and edited INTELLIGENT LIFE, an environmental film that illustrated the unintentional environmental consequences of living a modern life. INTELLIGENT LIFE won the Artivists Award at the 2009 Artivists Film Festival. In 2006, Malone produced, directed and edited CELEBRITY TRIALS IN THE MEDIA, which explores the downfall of quality TV journalism in the shadow of a shrinking news industry. In 2004, Malone produced the Emmy-nominated documentary BLINKY, a poignant biographical look at one of Colorado’s most famous television personalities. The film reflects on Blinky’s long, and often controversial, career. Malone also produced the ARTIST’S PROFILE for PBS, which won critical acclaim and aired nationally. The series gave viewers a rare and up-close look at notable folk and jazz recording artists. Malone’s POW-WOW documentary on modern Native American culture has earned an honorable exhibit at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.