Reelz orders Kinetic Content and Pyramid’s ‘Friends Speak’ to series

Reelz has ordered Kinetic Content and Pyramid Productions’ Friends Speak special into a series following the success of Casey Anthony: Her Friends Speak. The cable channel is building on the Anthony special with four-part series Jodi Arias: The Friends Speak, which is to premiere on Sunday (8 December). The Friends Speak strand centres on the […]

FirstLook TV sells docuseries to Reelz, strikes financing deal with Banijay Rights

FirstLook TV has struck a co-development and co-financing deal with Banijay Rights, with the distributor also selling the UK-based producer’s show about serial killers to US cabler Reelz. Inside The Mind Of A Serial Killer (20 x 60 minutes), which is being sold by the sales arm of Banijay Group, has already been acquired by […]

Red Arrow racks up ‘Slender Man’ sales

Red Arrow Studios International has closed a number of international sales for true crime documentary Slender Man: The Untold Story. The 1 x 120-minute documentary, about a fictional internet character who drove two girls to kill, has been acquired by Nine Network in Australia, SVT in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, VTM in Belgium and RTS for French-speaking Switzerland. […]

Reelz uncovers Hollywood Homicide

Reelz has ordered a new true-crime series, Hollywood Homicide Uncovered. The show will be produced by Canada-based producer and distributor Breakthrough Entertainment for the US cable net. It profiles horrific crimes involving Hollywood celebrities, examining the evidence, interviewing experts, and using drama reconstructions to show viewers key events. Cases covered will include Phil Spector, Tupac […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]