PBS Distribution Secures Maduro Doc


PBS Distribution has picked up the global distribution rights for the documentary A Dangerous Assignment: Uncovering Corruption in Maduro’s Venezuela.

The new title from FRONTLINE, made in collaboration with the independent Venezuelan news outlet ARMANDOINFO, features reporting from investigative journalist Roberto Deniz and his colleagues. It explores events that took place under the CLAP domestic aid initiative during the presidency of Nicolás Maduro.

Deniz and his colleagues uncovered that the CLAP initiative itself was enriching a close associate of Maduro’s, Alex Saab.

Facing threats, harassment and possible jail time for their reporting, Deniz and his colleagues made the decision to flee Venezuela. As a result, Deniz has a warrant out for his arrest, his family’s home has been raided, and he has been sued for criminal defamation.

“This is a story of corruption [and] of kleptocracy on a scale the world has not seen,” Marshall Billingslea, a former U.S. Treasury official. “The things [Saab] was doing on behalf of Maduro were unconscionable.”