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Claire Sécail

TV Writing in Order by Law: Crime Fiction

Le Temps des médias n°13, Hiver 2009-2010, p. 154-170.

Since the 2000s, the steady programming of drama shows based on true events has writers, producers and networks facing new legal problems, while it raises new questions for lawmen. The accrued activity in special courts and the increased concern of producers and network legal teams are obvious indexes ot the evolution of this phenomenon. What are the risks taken, what choices must be made ? What role do legal advisors play in the writing of those shows ? What part of reality must fiction give up on in order to avoid legal sanctions ? And what do writers have to learn from legal precedents ? This article attempts to present the evolution of the weight of legal restraints and measures on TV drame production, through the example of the adaptations of true criminal cases. DrapeauFrancais

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