Death and Other Details: Is Collier Mills a Real Company?

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Hulu’s ‘Death and Other Details’ begins with a murder. A wealthy man is killed in a setup that seems to point towards an impossible crime, at least at first glance. Imogene Scott finds herself become the only suspect in the case when she is recorded in the CCTV leaving the room of the victim a short time before the murder took place. The only way she can prove her innocence is to help Rufus Cotesworth dig dirt on the Colliers, the family that took care of her after her mother’s death. The Colliers already have a lot on their plate, with their company, Collier Mills, being the most important thing for them. Do the Colliers and their company have a counterpart in real life? SPOILERS AHEAD

Collier Mills is Fictional But an Integral Part of the Story

‘Death and Other Details’ is a fictional series created by Mike Weiss and Heidi Cole McAdams, who created the story from scratch, carefully planning every aspect of the plot and placing details that turn out to be important even when they might seem minor in the beginning. With the Colliers, the secrets start to peel away as Imogene and Cotesworth uncover the things that had been kept secret for a very long time.

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One of the subplots that plays a major role in the way things turn out in the show is the question of the succession of Laurence Collier. He is the owner of Collier Mills, which has made him one of the richest people in the country. Despite the rumors of the company finding itself at the brink of ruin several times, it somehow makes it through every single time. Or so the Colliers claim.

For Anna Collier, who has proved herself more than capable of running the company, being announced as her father’s successor is the only thing that matters to her. She is so focused on getting the job that she is ready to do whatever it takes to get there and remove any hurdle that might be placed in her path. In some contexts, the Colliers exhibit some similarities to the Roys in ‘Succession,’ though on a milder scale.

The question of investment in Collier Mills also brings forth the Chuns, potential investors that the Colliers are trying to lure in. Before they sign anything, the Chuns want to know everything about the Colliers and their company, and that brings them to the cruise ship, where a murder shakes up everything. As the investigation moves forward, it becomes clear that Collier Mills has a connection to the murder on the ship as well as one that happened eighteen years ago. So, the fictional company assumes an important role in the story, making the audience care about what happens to it when the truth finally comes to light.

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