Denise Brown, sister of the late Nicole Simpson Brown whose death was at the center of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, is developing a true crime series, NBC News’ Peacock Productions announced Wednesday.
The potential unscripted series will feature Brown and a team of experts investigating all sides of the story in cases where justice has been called into question.
“Denise has experienced first-hand the complexities of the criminal justice system,” said Melody Shafir, vice president of development for Peacock Productions. “She testified on behalf of her sister during one of the most high-profile murder trials in recent history and will draw on that experience throughout the series, with a deep understanding of the impact the system can have on the victim’s family.”
Brown commented: “Peacock Productions’ expertise in the true-crime narrative and unscripted programming is unparalleled. I am excited to begin working with Peacock and tell the stories of lives that have forever been changed by the criminal justice system.”
Following her sister’s death, Brown became committed to raising awareness against domestic violence and has been traveling the country since 1995 to speak on the issue. She has worked to help pass a variety of legislative solutions for domestic violence and testified to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act, and worked on the Vine System, an automated victim notification service of the release of batterers from jail or prison. Brown also founded The Elite Speakers Bureau, which provides education on issues such as abuse, school and workplace safety and mental health.
The development project comes after the hugely successful FX series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” in which Brown was portrayed by Jordana Brewster. More than two decades later, there is still an extreme fascination in the O.J. Simpson case and with Brown’s name attached, the potential series will undoubtedly draw interest.
The true crime genre has been a rapidly growing trend on TV. Following HBO’s “The Jinx” and Netflix’s “Making A Murder,” the latest project in development is “Law & Order: True Crime” from Dick Wolf, which sits in contention at NBC — should that get the greenlight, the first season would focus on the Menendez brothers murder case.