HBO has revealed the first teaser trailer for their new docuseries The Vow, which shows the inner workings of the notorious cult, NXIVM, which has made headlines for its management of sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy. The group got some fame with the involvement of Smallville star Allison Mack, who recently pleaded guilty to racketeering charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in the case against the organization and its founder, Keith Raniere.
The project is being headed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (The Square, Control Room, Startup.com). The series “will follow a range of people who joined the group. NXIVM has been under siege, with serious federal charges brought against its highest members including founder Keith Raniere. The program will take a deep, nuanced look at experiences of its members, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth,” HBO said.
Director Noujaim has had an interest in working on a project linked to the group since 2010 when she took NXIVM’s introductory “Executive Success Program” workshop. So it’s clearly a personal project, and she will bring a different perspective to the series.
The Vow docuseries is set to start on HBO and HBO Max on August 23rd.