‘The Jinx’ Ignited Demand for Lengthy Docuseries, but the Pendulum Is Swinging Back to Shorter Options

‘The Jinx’ Ignited Demand for Lengthy Docuseries, but the Pendulum Is Swinging Back to Shorter Options
Six years ago, “The Jinx,” HBO’s six-part series about murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, reinvigorated the long-form docuseries format.

A mad rush by premium cablers and streamers to come up with the next “Jinx” followed, with Netflix’s 10-part “Making a Murderer” later that year and ESPN’s format busting “O.J.: Made in America” in 2016 further whetting the appetite for long-form docuseries.

But in the last few years docuseries have become noticeably bloated, so much so that according to several veteran docu producers, major platforms such as HBO, Netflix and Amazon are seeking shorter series or the traditional 90-minute, one-off documentary.

While the explosion of docuseries may have initially garnered subscribers for streamers, viewer data structures and algorithms have convinced doc buyers that more is not necessarily better.

“It seems clear that the data is telling these buyers that there are certain types of projects that
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