Discovery+ knows its audience well. It loves home stuff, Lifestyle content, cooking and True crime. With that in mind it should not be a surprise to see that, true crime and justice network, ID and Discovery+ announced today an expansive partnership and dedicated development deal with Academy Award (R) winning actress and producer Octavia Spencer and her production company, Orit Entertainment, and leading producer October Films to develop and produce multiple projects for ID and discovery+, with Spencer set to executive produce. Production on the deal’s first two projects is underway, with additional titles in development. The first title announced under the agreement is HIGHWAY 20 (wt).
“As an avid fan of true crime, to now be partners with ID and October Films is a dream,” said Octavia Spencer. “Everyone at Orit Entertainment is committed to shedding light on the most fascinating cases and crime stories with a unique perspective. We are thrilled to launch our collaboration with HIGHWAY 20 (wt), an incredible series of cases that took place over decades, only recently connected into a larger story – and this is just the beginning.”
HIGHWAY 20 (3×60 wt), begins with the case of a missing 13-year-old girl and spirals into a decades-long true crime odyssey. Inspired by the award-winning work of journalist Noelle Crombie, videographer Dave Killen and photojournalist Beth Nakamura of The Oregonian, and directed by Arianna Lapenne, the series unpacks the dark secrets of a ghostly stretch of Oregon’s US Highway 20, where many women and girls went missing, were raped or murdered from the 1970s to the 1990s. As the discovery of numerous unsolved crimes sparks fear in the local community, attention focuses on the possibility that a serial killer has been roaming the highway for decades. Asking poignant questions of our society’s treatment of women – then and now – HIGHWAY 20 delivers a gripping, unfolding documentary event.