Netflix catches Caravan, Quicksilver’s Killer May 7, 2019
Global streaming giant Netflix has commissioned a true crime series from UK factual indies Caravan and Quicksilver.
Killer Ratings is a seven-part show about Brazilian TV host Wallace Souza, who fronted true crime show Canal Livre, set in the Amazonian city of Manaus.
Canal Livre was a big success in Brazil, largely due to the ability of its reporters to arrive first at murder scenes – but it was later claimed Souza, who died in 2010, ordered murders himself in a bid to increase ratings.
Killer Ratings will include exclusive interviews with people working on Canal Livre, close relatives and friends of Souza, and those who investigated him, as well as previously unseen footage of Souza filmed in the middle of the scandal.
Series director Daniel Bogado (The Hunt for Boko Haram) said: “What I thought I knew about Wallace Souza when I set out turned out only to be the starting point of this extraordinary story. When I looked deeper, I saw the events that followed were full of the most jaw-dropping turns, twists and shocks that would be deemed too outlandish in a Hollywood script.”
Killer Ratings is executive produced by Eamonn Matthews for Quicksilver (Iraq Uncovered, The Truth About Ebola, Syria: Across the Lines), Dinah Lord for Caravan (Holocaust: The Revenge Plot, Avalanche, National Geographic’s Buried Secrets of the Bible) and Alex Marengo (Captive, The Bible). Suemay Oram is senior producer.0