Ferguson was convicted for the 2001 killing of Kent Heitholt, sports editor for Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune. Ratigan and Rosenbloom will produce and Jenks will direct.
Filmmakers are focusing on Ferguson’s conviction being based on the testimony of two witnesses and their admissions that they committed perjury. He is currently serving a 40-year sentence.
Rosenbloom initiated the documentary under his Open Pictures banner. He exec produced Halle Berry thriller “The Call,” the “Shiloh” trilogy and the documentary “Fuel” and is co-owner and vice-chairman of the St. Louis Rams.
Ratigan is exec producing. He is the author of “Greedy Bastards,” a former MSNBC host and former global managing editor for corporate finance at Bloomberg.
Jenks is the host of MTV’s documentary series “World of Jenks.” His documentary credits include “Room 335” and “The Zen of Bobby V.”
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