February 25, 2019, New York – PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship television station, today announced the launch of PIX11 Originals, an ongoing, in-house documentary project from the station’s Creative Services team, which will utilize the PIX11 archives to present specials on New York history and high-profile local events. The first PIX11 Originals documentary series, titled Only in New York, explores some of the most potent cultural issues of today through the prism of New York’s dark past. This four-part, half-hour series will air on PIX11 Friday nights at 10:30 p.m. beginning March 8.
Only in New York chronicles some of the most controversial moments in New York City history, a subway shooting that ignited a racial firestorm, the deadly days of the crack epidemic, a pair of high-profile trials that exposed the hidden horrors of domestic abuse and a rising political star assassinated inside the city’s most hallowed halls. All retold with rare footage pulled straight from the WPIX archives and featuring new interviews with PIX11 journalists, expert analysts and the headliners at the center of the story.
Link to trailer for Only in New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9BZbGJXev4&feature=youtu.be
“New York City is a much different place now than it was 35 years ago, which is where our show’s timeline begins. The relentless quest for progress is what makes this place exceptional. Yet, many problems from the past still loom over our city’s future. Issues like class warfare, our broken criminal justice system, and the shameful mistreatment of women. We hope this series serves as a reminder that the next chapters in New York’s story depend on how New Yorkers choose to write them,” Heath Benfield, PIX11 Senior Creative Producer and Series Creator.
“Only in New York is Heath’s brainchild and the pitch intrigued me from the moment I heard it. It is a compelling extension of the PIX11 brand and reaffirms why we are New York’s Very Own,” said David Hyman, VP Marketing and Creative, PIX11.
This four-part, half-hour series will air on PIX11 Friday nights at 10:30 p.m. starting March 8. (Airing 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 and 3/29)
PIX11 Originals Only in New York Credits:
Created by Heath Benfield
Produced by Heath Benfield and Mike Lee
Production Coordinator – Mike Lee
Director of Photography – Colin Sonner
Supervising Editor – Dmitry Trakovsky
Executive Producers – David Hyman and Chris Wayland
Production Assistant – Matthew Santora
Title Artist – Steve Mitas
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