Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell. New episodes out Mondays, exclusively on Spotify.
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.
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 the senior producer for Crimetown. Previously, he worked as an award-winning magazine editor and writer in Canada.
John White is a producer for Crimetown. Previously he worked at StoryCorps facilitating conversations and producing stories for NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition broadcasts.
Rob is an associate producer for Crimetown. Previously, he worked on stories at places like NPR and Audubon Magazine.
Soraya is an associate producer for Crimetown. Previously, she interned at Crooked Media and worked as a reporter for Youth Radio.
Samantha is an associate producer for Crimetown. Previously, she produced immersive audio tours for Detour.com and worked as a television development executive at truTV and Animal Planet. She grew up in the suburbs of Detroit.
Alex is the 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 Programming at Gimlet. 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.
Video and Design
Additional Sound Design/Scoring/Mix
Season 2 Original Score
Season 2 Title Track, “Politicians in My Eyes”
DETROIT SESSION Recordings
Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd
Producer / Arranger / Engineer
Recorded at Rust Belt Studios.
Drums and Percussion
Keyboards and Synths
Gregory “Greco” Freeman
David Lee Spradley
Keyboards and Synths
Ufuoma D. Wallace