Six-Part Documentary Series Mind Over Murder Premiered on June 20 on HBO
The Future Of from The Verge and 21 Laps Entertainment Premieres Today on Netflix
This week, Vox Media Studios premiered two brand new series from its growing slate focused on premium nonfiction storytelling. Last night, HBO premiered the first episode of Mind Over Murder, a six-part documentary series that chronicles the bizarre and psychologically complex story of six individuals who were convicted for the 1985 murder of a beloved 68- year-old grandmother, Helen Wilson, in Beatrice, Nebraska. Despite five of the individuals originally confessing to the crime, the “Beatrice Six” as they became known, were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009, a turn of events which divided the rural town and incensed the family of Helen Wilson. As the filmmakers track the case from the murder, through investigation, trial, exoneration and two civil suits, shifting perspectives cloud the truth; a stranger-than-fiction tale emerges that raises salient questions about the reliability of confessions and memory in criminal cases.
New episodes premiere every Monday at 10:00pm ET/PT. The series is directed by Nanfu Wang and executive produced by Marc Smerling, Nanfu Wang, Max Heckman, Chad Mumm, Mark W. Olsen for Vox Media Studios and Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez for HBO. Mind Over Murder is the second series from Vox Media Studios for HBO. The Emmy-nominated sports documentary Level Playing Field’ premiered last year.
In addition, The Future Of from Vox Media Studios, The Verge, and 21 Laps Entertainment (Stranger Things) premiered the first six episodes today on Netflix. The Future Of asks - What if we could look into the future to see how every aspect of our daily lives – from raising pets and house plants to what we eat and how we date – will be impacted by technology? We can, and should, expect more from the future than the dystopia promised in current science fiction. The series will reveal surprising and personal predictions about the rest of our lives — and the lives of generations to come. Additional episodes will premiere on Tuesday, June 28.
Episode topics include: dogs, dating, houseplants, gaming, space vacations, cheeseburgers, death, fashion, skyscrapers, sports, health, and headphones.
The Future Of is the first streaming series for The Verge, Vox Media’s site covering the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture. In addition to The Future Of, Vox Media Studios has produced multiple series for Netflix including the Emmy-award nominated Explained and Headspace franchises that are now streaming.
The Future Of is executive produced by Nilay Patel and Eleanor Donovan for The Verge, Josh Barry and Shawn Levy for 21 Laps Entertainment, and Chad Mumm, Mark W. Olsen, Max Heckman, Michael John Warren, and Chris Grosso for Vox Media Studios.