Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are best known as the creative duo behind the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer. They recently received the James Joyce Award for Human Endeavour from the Literary and Historical Society at University College Dublin, and the series has been nominated for the 2016 BAFTA Television Radio Times Audience Award. In addition to appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show, Laura and Moira have made numerous appearances on news, radio, and television shows around the world speaking about their work. They have also been featured in publications including Variety and The New York Times.
Laura and Moira met in 2003 as graduate film students in New York City. Two years later they started production on Making a Murderer, and in 2006 they formed the independent production company Synthesis Films LLC.
Previous to Laura’s career in film she earned a BA in English and government from Manhattan College and a JD from New York Law School. After clerking for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Hawaii and then working for the U.S. Department of Justice, Laura entered the private sector and practiced law in Chicago for four years.
Moira holds both a BA in women and gender studies and an MFA in film from Columbia University. Prior to attending graduate film school Moira was an accomplished documentary editor whose credits include the Academy Award nominated short Ferry Tales. Moira also produced and edited the documentary short Spring In Awe for which Moira won best editing at the 2004 Brooklyn International Film Festival. Moira has also been a member of IATSE local 52 as a film and television lighting technician since 1999.