Netflix taps UK indies for Brazilian TV true-crime doc May 7, 2019

Caravan and Quicksilver explore eye-opening tale of Wallace Souza over seven episodes

Netflix has commissioned a true-crime series from UK indies Caravan and Quicksilver Media exploring the Brazilian TV host who allegedly ordered killings to boost audience figures.

The SVoD giant has ordered seven-part Killer Ratings, which focuses on the twists and questions surrounding the story of Wallace Souza, the charismatic presenter of Canal Livre.

Broadcast in Manaus, a remote city in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, the show was a hit, based largely on the ability of its reporters to arrive first at the scene of a murder. Souza’s stock rose as a result and he became a respected state representative and celebrity.  

However, his status bombed after a former bodyguard to made the incredible claim that Canal Livre reporters were only able to arrive first at the scene of murders because Souza had sanctioned the murders himself to increase ratings and that rather than a crime-fighter, he was the head of a criminal organisation.

The Killer Ratings indies have assembled a wealth of information on the case to produce a comprehensive account of the scandal, feature exclusive interviews with people inside Canal Livre, close relatives, friends, police and members of the authorities.

It will also feature previously unaired footage of Souza, filmed in the middle of the scandal.

Daniel Bogado (The Hunt For Boko Haram) directs the series, with Suemay Oram serving as senior producer.

Eamonn Matthews exec-produces for Unreported World indie Quicksilver (Iraq Uncovered, The Truth About Ebola) alongside Dinah Lord for James Bulger: The New Revelations producer Caravan and Alex Marengo.

Ben Cotner and Kate Townsend commissioned the show for Netflix.

“What I thought I knew about Wallace Souza when I set out, turned out only to be the starting point of this extraordinary story,” Bogado said.

“When I looked deeper, I saw the events that followed were full of the most jaw-dropping turns, twists and shocks, which would be deemed too outlandish in a Hollywood script.”

Caravan Media