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Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes

Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes

  • Premiered: 
    July 12, 2021
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2019 book (Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators) by Ronan Farrow 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Directed and produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, CATCH AND KILL: THE PODCAST TAPES is a six-part, half-hour documentary series that brings to life Ronan Farrow's interviews with whistleblowers, journalists, private investigators and other sources, which were conducted for the podcast and bestselling book "Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators." The series expands on the podcast and the book, with never-before-seen footage and new insights into this culture-shaking story, supplemented with additional sound and imagery from documents, audio tapes, photos, archive footage and illustrations. With fresh perspectives and detail -- not just on the harrowing effort to expose one powerful predator, but on the systems that help cover up terrible crimes to this day -- there are revelations in this series that may surprise even those familiar with the reporting. Episodes include:

"The Wire" (premieres Monday, July 12, 2021 at 9pm): Filipina-Italian model Ambra Gutierrez reveals the high-stakes police sting operation that captured a chilling admission from Harvey Weinstein -- and her plan to preserve the evidence after authorities declined to prosecute.

"The Reporters" (premieres Monday, July 12, 2021 at 9:30pm): Veteran The New Yorker reporter Ken Auletta and The Hollywood Reporter writer Kim Masters discuss their years-long quests to reveal the "open secret" of Weinstein's behavior, and the roadblocks that stalled their efforts.

"The Assistants" (premieres Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9pm): A former assistant at Weinstein's company, Rowena Chiu, speaks out about her experiences with Weinstein's predation, the difficult choices she and fellow assistant Zelda Perkins made to try to hold him accountable, and her decision to remain silent for decades.

"The Producer" (premieres Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9:30pm): Rich McHugh discusses producing the story with Farrow at NBC News, interviewing Rose McGowan and numerous other sources on camera, and his dawning realization that the reporting was being shut down behind the scenes.

"The Editors" (premieres Monday, July 26, 2021 at 9pm): The New Yorker editors David Remnick and Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn, attorney Fabio Bertoni and Fact Checkers Tammy Kim and Fergus McIntosh discuss the arduous process of verifying the details of the story, while fending off legal threats from Weinstein's camp.

"The Spy" (premieres Monday, July 26, 2021 at 9:30pm): Undercover spy Igor Ostrovsky talks about being hired to track and gather intelligence on Farrow, and the unexpected turn of events that prompted him to become Farrow's source. The Citizen Lab's John Scott-Railton also talks about the rise of private espionage and its consequences, as well as efforts to combat it.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by World of Wonder