RAW TV, the production company behind the Emmy nominated Three Identical Strangers, American Animals and the BAFTA-winning documentary, The Imposter, has produced its first documentary series for NETFLIX to air from 18th December 2019.
A modern-day man-hunt, shining a light on the pervasive power of the internet, Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer, is the true story of a group of amateur online sleuths who launch a risky game of cat and mouse that pulls them into a dark underworld.
When a video is posted online of a mysterious man killing two kittens, internet users across the world leap into action to find the perpetrator. Encouraged by the attention he’s receiving, the killer continues posting ever more disturbing videos, eventually crossing into murder. This is the horrifying true story of a killer so consumed with achieving fame that he breaks the first rule of the internet: DON’T F**K WITH CATS.
The series is directed by Mark Lewis (Silk Road – Death, Drugs and the Dark Web, Revelation: The End of Days), who also doubles as a long-term Executive Producer at RAW (Waco: Madman or Messiah?, Paranormal Witness). He said: “What is so mind-blowing for me about this documentary series is that it plays out like a real thriller, with twists and turns that no-one will see coming, a cast of internet heroes whose resourcefulness will have you cheering from the sidelines, and a murderer whose true identity will have you gasping when he is finally unmasked. Even I struggle to remember that every moment of this story is true.”
RAW’s Felicity Morris served as Producer with Mark Lewis. The limited series was Executive Produced by Dimitri Doganis and Adam Hawkins for RAW and Kate Townsend, Jonny Taylor and Adam Del Deo for NETFLIX.
In the newly created role of Head of US Documentary Development, Morris will oversee a slate of feature documentaries and premium limited series for U.S. as well as international networks and platforms. She has previously produced RAW’s acclaimed series Waco: Madman or Messiah?
Morris will report to RAW’s US Creative Director Adam Hawkins and work alongside Head of US Development Oliver Calleja. This year sees the tenth anniversary of RAW’s long running series Gold Rush for Discovery and season 13 of Locked Up Abroad for Nat Geo. RAW, part of All3Media, is also in production with feature documentaries with CNN Films and BBC Storyville. In August 2019 RAW was named Best Indie in the Televisual Producers Peer Poll.
Adam Hawkins said: “Felicity has amazing instincts for what will make a great film and her track record, both in production and development, is exceptional. The need for premium documentaries and great factual story telling has never been stronger. She will be a brilliant addition to the team.”
RAW founder Dimitri Doganis said: “Don’t F**k With Cats is one of those stories that if you made it up, no-one would believe you. It’s great to have such a jaw-dropping tale as our first limited series for NETFLIX, and we are hugely grateful for the support and belief in the project we’ve had from Kate, Jonny and the whole team there. With Felicity now in post, we’re hoping we can build on the successes of Three Identical Strangers, The Imposter, and series like this one – so look out for more of the same very soon!”
RAW, an All3Media Company, has enjoyed a string of successful series and one-offs in the US, including the BAFTA-winning feature documentary The Imposter; Discovery’s top long-running TV series Gold Rush, now in its tenth year (Executive Produced by James Bates- Senior Vice President Factual Programming); and Locked Up Abroad, now in its thirteenth season (National Geographic Channel). For CNN RAW has produced ratings hit Race for the White House, American Dynasties: The Kennedys and The Bush Years; Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston for SHOWTIME (Executive Produced by Head of US Documentaries Louise Norman) as well as Dave Turin’s Lost Mines for Discovery and Presidents at War for History (Executive Produced by RAW’s EVP of US Factual Programming, Sam Maynard).
RAW’s US team is led by US Creative Director Adam Hawkins, Head of US Development is Oliver Calleja and Head of US Documentary Development is Felicity Morris.
In 2018 RAW enjoyed success at the box office with its award-winning films Three Identical Strangers and American Animals. RAW’s narrative feature film, American Animals, directed by Bart Layton premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2018 and has gone on to win many more awards. It premiered alongside Tim Wardle’s documentary feature Three Identical Strangers, which won the Sundance Jury Prize for Storytelling in US Documentary Competition. Three Identical Strangers has grossed $15m at the US box office, won multiple awards and was most recently nominated for three Emmy’s (Outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program, Outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program and Exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking).
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