Robert Durst

Husband of Kathleen Durst

The oldest son of New York real estate entrepreneur, Seymour Durst, Robert Durst grew up in Scarsdale, New York. He married Kathleen McCormack in 1973, and after she went missing in 1982, Durst has been considered a suspect. Further suspicion was raised with the unsolved 2000 killing of his confidante, Susan Berman, thought to be a key witness in the investigation into Kathie's disappearance, as well as the subsequent killing and dismemberment of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas. Durst, who has consistently maintained his innocence, was arrested on March 14th, 2015.

Andrew Jarecki

Director

Andrew Jarecki is an Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker and principal in Hit the Ground Running Films with his creative partner Marc Smerling. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst marks Jarecki and Smerling’s second collaboration with HBO, following the landmark documentary Capturing the Friedmans, which was presented theatrically and televised by HBO.

He directed and produced Capturing the Friedmans, which won 18 major international prizes including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival, and the New York Film Critics Circle award. He produced and directed the narrative feature All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella, and produced the acclaimed documentary Catfish, released in 2010 by Universal Pictures. He is executive producer of Catfish, the TV series, and has co-written and performed music for film and television including Felicity and the film Silver Linings Playbook. Jarecki also founded Moviefone and served as Chief Executive until he sold the company to America Online in 1999. He is a graduate of Princeton University, and is a member of the advisory board of Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts and of The Marshall Project. The Jarecki Family Foundation is devoted to supporting efforts to improve the criminal justice system. He resides in New York City with his family.

Marc Smerling

Producer, Director of Photography

Marc Smerling is an Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker, and principal in Hit the Ground Running Films with his creative partner Andrew Jarecki. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst marks Jarecki and Smerling’s second collaboration with HBO, following the landmark documentary Capturing the Friedmans, which was presented theatrically and televised by HBO.

Smerling produced Capturing the Friedmans, (2003) which won 18 major international prizes including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival, and the New York Film Critics Circle award. He co-wrote and produced the narrative feature All Good Things (2010) starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella, and produced the acclaimed documentary Catfish (2010) released by Universal Pictures. He is executive producer of Catfish, the TV series.

Smerling began his career in documentaries as the associate producer of Gangs, Cops and Drugs for NBC with Tom Brokaw, and The New Hollywood, also for NBC.  He also served as senior U.S. producer for Berlusconi Television. Through his company Notorious Pictures, Marc produced and directed more than a hundred television commercials and music videos, as well as documentaries and animated series for broadcast. He is a 1985 graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and holds a Masters degree from the USC School of Cinema-Television.