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BBC3 orders Oscar Pistorius fast turnaround doc from Mentorn

BBC3 orders Oscar Pistorius fast turnaround doc from Mentorn
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Tim Dams
21 February 2013

BBC3 has commissioned a fast turnaround documentary on the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, allegedly shot by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius.

The 1 x 60-min documentary is being produced by Mentorn Media.

Pistorius, who won two Gold medals and a Silver at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, is accused of murder, though pleads not guilty.
 
The doc is commissioned by Fiona Campbell of the BBC and the executive producer for Mentorn is Steve Anderson. The producer/director is Nick London and associate producer is Shekhar Bhatia.

The presenter is Rick Edwards, who recently made his debut fronting BBC3’s Free Speech and who presented Paralympics coverage for Channel 4.
 
Mentorn made BBC3’s recent fast turnaround special, Superstorm Sandy: Caught on Camera, and were also in South Africa to make Dispatches: Murder on Honeymoon, on the case of Anni Dewani.
 
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, said: “BBC3 is never afraid to tackle current affairs and we are committed  to showing bold, thought-provoking programmes for 16-34s. Mentorn will be producing this programme at incredible speed, and together with presenter Rick Edwards, I’m sure they will deliver a documentary that will bring a new angle to this ever developing news story.”
 
Steve Anderson said: “The story of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp has captured everyone’s attention. It is hugely important and Mentorn has the expertise to deliver it quickly to BBC3.”
 
The programme will be pre-sold by Passion Distribution.

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