In what the network promises to be an immersive and investigative new series, Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris pulls back the curtain to reveal the often nefarious players and foreboding places behind the crimes surrounding them. A six-part series produced by Part2 Pictures, “Scenes of the Crime with Tony Harris” (working title) starts production this summer, and will air exclusively on Investigation Discovery (ID) in 2017.
From the press release: “Crime comes in many forms: murder; robbery; fraud… There are crimes of passion; crimes of betrayal; and, crimes of rage. The flavors and strands are infinite. They fascinate and shock us with intricacies and unexpectedness – but, they don’t happen in a vacuum. Each one reveals a world behind and beyond the crime, often just out of sight…a world we may fear, but may not know or understand. A small town, a hidden subculture, a criminal network, or a place that can never separate itself from a criminal event.”
Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America, says: “Tony has been a key contributor to the Investigation Discovery team for more than two years now with our very successful series ‘Hate in America.’ His uniquely passionate and articulate approach to investigative journalism was eye opening to our viewers around the world and, accordingly, we were eager to expand his role, allowing us to see first-hand, his work at the scene of a crime, as he peels back the layers on what motivates some of our nation’s most horrific acts of violence.”
“I’m thrilled to take on a bigger role at ID,” said Harris. “As it says above, the flavors and strands of crime are infinite, so I know this will be a gripping journey into the underbelly of criminal subcultures, most that we may know little about. This is right up my alley in terms of investigative reporting and I am excited to bring viewers along for the ride with me.”
“Scenes of the Crime with Tony Harris” is produced for Investigation Discovery by Part2 Pictures with David Smith and Amy Bucher as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Lorna Thomas is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
Tony Harris is a news anchor, television correspondent, and filmmaker, who most recently served as an anchor at Al Jazeera America. Previously, Harris anchored the flagship Al Jazeera Newshour from the company’s global headquarters in Doha, Qatar becoming the first African-American anchor to be based outside the U.S. for a global news network. Before his current position, Harris anchored “CNN Newsroom with Tony Harris” for CNN, and was a member of the teams that earned CNN George Foster Peabody Awards for coverage of the British petroleum oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, and an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami.