The Shift, a joint production of CNBC Brand Studio and Efran Films Canada, wins a 2022 Gold Addy Medal for branded content.
"Based on the book by Garrett M. Graff, the six-part series exposes the U.S. government’s flawed plans to protect its citizens. The show unpacks America’s national security spending on hidden underground cities, a secret air force and a plan to suspend democracy in order to serve the interests of the elite class."
"You’d imagine the tone of an over-financed UFO documentary would be somewhere between 'farcical' and 'strange man in pub garden who has read too many forums,' but I am annoyed to report that it is actually 'alarmingly convincing'."
"There’s a great moment in the new History channel miniseries, America’s War on Drugs, when a former DEA
Agent named Celerino Castillo explains why America’s crusade to purge drugs from the world is doomed to fail: ‘America is more addicted to drug money than they are addicted to drugs.’”
"If your TV diet for the past few week has been nothing but fatty political filler, consider this proposed night parked in front of Viceland a kind of master cleanse. Tonight is a great change to catch up on this gripping docu-series hosted by Michael K. Williams as he delves into all manner of illicit dealings."
“‘Black Market’ definitely left an emotional void in me,'” Williams said. “I met so many bright spirits and so many broken people, so many people I wish I had the resources to help them on their quest. I struggled with that for a long while after we wrapped that show.”
"Jimmy’s ultimate lessons? War ain’t pretty (there’s lots of images of bodies blown to bits), the world does not revolve around one man alone (well, not most of the time, anyway), and a video camera and a knack for being in the right place at the right time can really take you places in the blossoming era of citizen journalism."
"Looking to keep coverage of the ongoing Iraq quagmire edgy, a global news network hires him to bring a youth angle to the guerrilla war. Part satire, part dystopian nightmare, Shooting War is unflinching in its depiction of the hellish future toward which the Bush administration is corralling us."