Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are best known as the creative duo behind the hit Netflix series MAKING A MURDERER, which was both critically-acclaimed and a global phenomenon. The series received 4 Emmy Awards (outstanding documentary or nonfiction series, outstanding writing and outstanding directing for a nonfiction program, and outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program), the Best Limited Series Award from the International Documentary Association (IDA), the 2017 Cinema Eye Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television, the 2016 Media for a Just Society Distinguished Achievement Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, a 2016 Webby Award for Film and Video Breakout of the Year, was named the 2016 Program of the Year at the Banff World Media Festival, received an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, received the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming Award from the Television Critics Association (TCA), and was nominated for the 2016 BAFTA Television Radio Times Audience Award. For their work on the series, Ricciardi and Demos were honored with the James Joyce Award for Human Endeavour from the Literary and Historical Society at University College Dublin. In addition to appearing on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT and THE DAILY SHOW, Ricciardi and Demos have made numerous appearances on news, radio, and television programs around the world.
In 2003, Ricciardi and Demos met as graduate film students at Columbia University. Two years later, they started production on MAKING A MURDERER, which turned into a decade long endeavor. In 2006, they formed the independent production company, Synthesis Films LLC.
Currently, Ricciardi and Demos are in production on the next installment of MAKING A MURDERER, and are adapting, AMERICA’S MOST ADMIRED LAWBREAKER, the serialized Huffington Post article by journalist Steven Brill, as a limited television series for George Clooney’s and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures, which they are also set to direct.
Previous to Ricciardi’s career in film, in which she holds an MFA in film from Columbia University, she earned a BA in English and government from Manhattan College, and a JD from New York Law School. After clerking for the US Attorney’s Office in Hawaii, and then working for the US Department of Justice, Ricciardi entered the private sector and practiced law in Chicago for four years.
Demos holds both a BA in women and gender studies and an MFA in film from Columbia University. Prior to attending graduate film school, Demos was an accomplished documentary editor whose credits include the Academy Award® nominated short FERRY TALES. Demos also produced and edited the documentary short, SPRING IN AWE, for which she won best editing at the 2004 Brooklyn International Film Festival. Demos has also been a member of IATSE local 52 as a film and television lighting technician since 1999.