ZDF Enterprises Takes Worldwide Sales For Herzog's 'Hate in America' and 'On Death Row'

Werner Herzog Headshot - P 2011
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Werner Herzog Headshot - P 2011

The new documentary series examines the source of violence and hate crime in modern America.


BERLIN - ZDF Enterprises, the international distribution arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, has picked up world sales rights to Werner Herzog's two new documentary series: Hate in America and On Death Row. The latter is a three-part follow up to Herzog's well-received Death Row series of intimate interviews with death row inmates. The new cases involve a man who paid killers to eliminate his ex-wife; a man who shot down truck drivers from his motorcycle and a man who beat his girlfriend’s baby to death because he thought it was possessed by demons.

Hate in America is four, 1-hour documentaries each examining a different aspect of hate crime. ZDF said Herzog would look at cases including the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and a suburban housewife turned killer of Mexicans but Investigation Discovery, which has commissioned the series, said the topics for Hate in America have yet to be chosen.

Herzog’s 3D feature documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, was the most successful non-fiction film released in the U.S. last year, earning close to $4 million at the domestic box office.