New Podcast Series Tells Story of the Two Murder Trials of David Martinez
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 3, 2023) — eOne and Crime Story Media have partnered with LAist 89.3, Los Angeles’ number one NPR station and podcast company Acast to present the original podcast series, Night Raid. Night Raid tells the story of a chaotic 2014 SWAT raid on a home in San Gabriel that resulted in the death of Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond and the incarceration of David Martinez.
While the critical moments in the operation occurred in a matter of seconds, the story spans decades – from a contentious relationship between the ATF and a motorcycle club in the the 70’s to two explosive murder trials in 2019 and 2022.
Each week, the series unpacks aspects of that story using interviews, testimony reenactments, and jailhouse and police recordings.
The series is hosted by Molly Miller, who wrote the CrimeStory.com series, “Mongol – The Trial of David Martinez,” upon which the podcast is based. Crime Story Media’s Publisher and Editor, Kary Antholis, serves as Executive Producer. The partnership between eOne and Crime Story has its roots in the working relationship between eOne President of Global Television, Michael Lombardo and Antholis. Lombardo and Antholis worked together at HBO on a series of high impact projects including The Night Of, Chernobyl, Mildred Pierce, Olive Kitteridge and The Pacific.
“Having had the privilege of working with Kary previously, I know that he has a great sense of the stories that will resonate with audiences on multiple levels and inspire thought-provoking conversations. He and Molly have delivered that and more with Night Raid,” said Lombardo.
Kristen Muller, LAist’s Chief Content Officer, said, “While some information about Pomona SWAT officer Shaun Diamond’s tragic death has been reported, the complete story has never been told. We look forward to airing the eight-part Night Raid special on LAist 89.3.”
Acast will distribute Night Raid widely and make it available across all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and wherever else listeners get their podcasts.
“Following Crime Story Media’s successful entrance into audio with the hit podcast series, Jury Duty, the Acast team looks forward to expanding our partnership together and bringing more of their high caliber programming to listeners everywhere,” said Tim Ruggeri, Director of Development and Studios at Acast.
Brands and agencies can purchase ads and sponsorships on Night Raid that make use of Acast’s pioneering dynamic ad insertion technology, which allows advertisers to reach audiences across all podcast platforms using conversational targeting, first-party data targeting, listener demographics, location, and more. Ads may be purchased from Acast either programmatically or direct.
Night Raid will debut on LAist 89.3 on Saturday May 6 at 2pm with a rebroadcast on Sunday May 7 at 7pm. Each episode of the eight part Night Raid special series will air Saturday’s at 2pm and rebroadcast Sunday at 7pm. The first episode of the podcast will be released on all podcast players after the second LAist broadcast on May 7, with new episodes airing each Sunday thereafter.
The eight episode Night Raid series will conclude its run on the weekend of June 24. Listen to the trailer here.
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ABOUT Kary Antholis and Crime Story Media, LLC
Kary Antholis founded Crime Story Media, LLC in July 2019, after retiring as President of Miniseries and Cinemax Programming at HBO.
Under the Crime Story banner, Antholis has served as Executive Producer on the limited series Black Bird (Apple TV+, Dennis Lehane), We Own this City (HBO, George Pelecanos, David Simon), the Emmy-nominated documentary The Slow Hustle (HBO) and the hit podcast series Firebug and Jury Duty. He is currently an Executive Producer and writer on the Apple TV+ series Firebug based on the podcast series that he hosted and executive produced.
In over 25 years as a creative executive at HBO, Kary oversaw Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning projects, including Chernobyl, Angels in America, Olive Kitteridge, John Adams, The Pacific, The Night Of, Generation Kill, The Corner, Elizabeth I, The Gathering Storm, Wit, Show Me a Hero and Educating Peter. As head of Cinemax Programming since 2011, Kary led the channel’s branding strategy, commissioning breakthrough series including Strike Back, Banshee, The Knick, Warrior, Jett and Tales from the Tour Bus.
Kary began his film career as a documentarian, winning the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject and the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special for his film One Survivor Remembers, about Holocaust survivor, Gerda Weissmann Klein. One Survivor Remembers was the first HBO program added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry, an honor given to “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant American films.
Kary serves on the Board of Visitors at Georgetown Law and as an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He holds a JD from Georgetown Law, an MA in History from Stanford University, and a BA from Bowdoin College.
ABOUT Molly Miller
Molly Miller is a journalist and screenwriter whose work centers on policing and the criminal legal system. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Screenwriting from USC. After graduate school, Molly worked as a reporter for Crime Story Media where she wrote about LA’s criminal courts and covered major cases for The Jury Duty Podcast, including the trial of Robert Durst and the trial of Harvey Weinstein. She was a writer on the Spectrum TV drama LONG SLOW EXHALE and is currently a writer for the upcoming Apple TV miniseries FIREBUG.
ABOUT LAist 89.3
LAist 89.3 is part of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), a member-supported public media network that operates and serves the Southern California region, reaching from Santa Barbara down to Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and out to Riverside and the Coachella Valley. We also inform and interact with our communities through our website, mobile and social media channels and live events.
The mission of Southern California Public Radio (LAist 89.3, LAist.com & LAist Studios) is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California’s diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information across multiple platforms. We are a public forum that engages its audiences in an ongoing dialogue and exploration of issues, events, and cultures in the region and in the world. We seek to provide greater understanding and new perspectives to the people of these communities and their leaders.
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