RAW has produced its first documentary series for Netflix. 

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 alongside Mark Lewis. The limited series was Executive Produced by Dimitri Doganis and Adam Hawkins for RAW.

In the newly created role of Head of U.S 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 U.S Creative Director Adam Hawkins and work alongside Head of U.S 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!

For a behind the scenes look at a recent Netflix factual commission, book your ticket for the Televisual Factual Festival where there will be a session featuring spacer.gif Kate Townsend, Director, Original Documentary, Netflix; Dinah Lord, Co-founder/ Managing Director, Caravan; Eamonn Matthews, Managing Director/ CEO, Quicksilver Media that will explain how factual indies Quicksilver and Caravan worked with Netflix to produce the extraordinary true-crime original Killer Ratings. Find out how the Emmy and BAFTA-winning team behind the show uncovered the twists and turns of the story of Brazilian TV host-turned-politician Wallace Souza, from the programming pitch to seven-part series.



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