Welcome to Crimetown, a new series from Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO’s The Jinx. Every season, we’ll investigate the culture of crime in a different American city. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters—a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Hosted by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier.
Host and Senior Producer
Marc Smerling is a film producer, screenwriter and cinematographer. He was nominated for an Oscar for the documentary Capturing the Friedmans in 2003, and produced both Catfish (the documentary) and CatfishTV (the series, now in its sixth season). He wrote the movie All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, and produced, co-wrote and shot the Emmy– and Peabody Award–winning HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths Of Robert Durst.
Host and Senior Producer
Zac Stuart-Pontier is a journalist and filmmaker. He was the editor, co-producer and writer of the Emmy– and Peabody Award–winning HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. He also edited the feature films Martha Marcy May Marlene, Catfish (the documentary) and Bleed for This.
Drew is a producer at Gimlet Media. Previously, he worked as an award-winning magazine editor and writer in Canada.
Austin is a producer at Gimlet Media. Previously, he worked on Science Vs, another Gimlet podcast. Before radio, he had stints as a civil engineer and actor.
Mike is a New York-based film director. His recent documentary, Salero, has received accolades at film festivals worldwide, and was the recipient of a MacArthur award. Mike is originally from Providence, Rhode Island.
Laura is a producer at Gimlet Media. She comes by way of the Slate Academy series, United States of Debt, and Radiotopia’s Millennial.
Alex is the host of StartUp, and CEO and co-founder of Gimlet Media. He is an award-winning radio journalist. Prior to Gimlet, he was a producer for This American Life and the co-founder of Planet Money.
Caitlin is the VP of new show development at Gimlet Media. Most recently, she’s launched the Gimlet shows Crimetown, Undone and Homecoming. Before joining Gimlet, she was one of the founding members of NPR's Planet Money, where her work on the Planet Money t-shirt project earned her an Emmy, a duPont-Columbia and a Gerald Loeb award. Prior to that, she worked as a producer at WNYC, WBUR and NPR’s Bryant Park Project.
Matthew is Gimlet Media's lead audio engineer and composer. Previously, he worked as a producer at Chicago Recording Company. His music and producing projects can be found at americanvacation.org.
Kate is an associate producer at Gimlet Media. She also leads editorial strategy and project management for the Crimetown website. She previously worked as an audio and digital producer at NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR Music.
Ale oversees the design for the Crimetown website. Ale is a creative director with over 18 global industry awards.
Kate Bossé/MOR Creative
Enoch Kim Mixing/composition
Additional sound design
Theme and Original Score
Title track, “Run To Your Mama”