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Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes will comprise six half-hour episodes directed by Emmy winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (HBO’s Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking). World of Wonder is producing the documentary series, which re-creates Farrow’s interviews with whistleblowers, journalists, private investigators and other sources as he investigated allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at the now-jailed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, former Today anchor Matt Lauer and other key media industry figures.
The doc series springs from a multifilm deal Farrow signed with HBO in 2018 that calls for him to produce and front a series of investigative documentary specials for the premium cable channel.
The materials examined in Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes were previously explored in Farrow’s 2019 book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, as well as the 12-episode Catch and Kill Podcast series produced by Pineapple Street Studios. But the documentary series promises never-before-seen footage and new details about investigations by Farrow — the son of one celebrity, Mia Farrow, and the estranged son of another, Woody Allen.
Farrow’s book also expanded on his break with NBC News and his run-ins with lawyer Lisa Bloom, who claimed to advise Farrow as he reported while actually drawing information about Weinstein for her own ends.
HBO will debut the documentary series with back-to-back episodes on July 12. The first episode will focus on Italian model Ambra Gutierrez and the high-stakes police sting operation that captured a chilling admission from Weinstein.
The second episode will feature veteran New Yorker reporter Ken Auletta and The Hollywood Reporter editor-at-large Kim Masters as they discuss their years-long quests to reveal the “open secret” of Weinstein’s behavior, and the roadblocks they encountered.
New episodes will air back-to-back on subsequent Mondays. After the HBO debut, Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes will stream on HBO Max.
A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to The Podcast Tapes as The Podcast Tales.
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