RTL Crime

Aussie drama ‘Secrets She Keeps’ told to Germany, Denmark & Norway

Nordic-based C More and Germany’s RTL Crime have snagged rights to six-part psychological thriller The Secrets She Keeps, which launches on US streamer Sundance Now next month. The 6 x 60-minute show, sold by UK-based distributor DCD Rights, is an adaptation of author Michael Robotham’s acclaimed novel, which tells the story of two pregnant women […]

RTL takes Hostages

German free-to-air broadcaster RTL has acquired scripted series Hostages. RTL will put the show on its RTL Crime channel. It is co-distributed by Armoza and Federation and the latter struck the German deal. The Isreali-originated drama plays on Canal+ in France and has been sold to buyers including the BBC in the UK. It follows […]

RTL buys Canal+ series The Bureau

RTL has picked up French drama series The Bureau for its RTL Crime channel in Germany. The series hails from The Oligarchs Productions and Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment. It was originally commissioned by Canal+ and was the best performing new drama on the French premium pay net since Les Revenants in 2012. Announcing the German […]

A+E Networks UK poaches RTL exec for COO post

Dean Possenniskie’s first major move since taking over at A+E Networks UK is the appointment of a COO and the promotion of Heather Jones to senior VP, content and creative. Possenniskie replaced Tom Davidson as managing director for the A+E Networks business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa last month, and has now named […]

Guilty pleasures

Murder. Bloodlust. Revenge. Jesse Whittock listens to testimony from leading executives and gathers evidence to deliver a verdict on why the true crime genre continues to deliver killer ratings A s the ultra-popular podcast Serial has demonstrated, the true crime genre continues to defy expectations. The mix of blood, horror and investigation has captivated middle-aged […]

New Witnesses come forwards in Europe

More channel groups in Europe have acquired French drama Witnesses from Newen Distribution. Following a recent deal with Channel 4 in the UK, Newen has sold the show to Belgium’s RTBF, Telenet and VRT in the territory’s various language regions; Norway’s NRK2; and Germany’s RTL Crime. Newen says the series represents just the second time […]

Sky Deutschland counters Netflix with OTT

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has launched an OTT TV service, Sky Online, that will be available to non-subscribers paying on a monthly basis without an ongoing contract. Sky Online will offer two programming packages – the Sky Starter package including first-run series and series box sets, kids programmes and documentaries from a selection of […]

Sky Deutschland commits to Crime

Sky Deutschland is gearing up to launch three new highdefinition channels – two movie networks and one channel dedicated to crime series and documentaries. Sky Cinema+1 HD, Sky Cinema+24 HD and RTL Crime HD will go live on the Sky Deutschland platform on September 25. Sky Cinema+1 HD and Sky Cinema+24 HD are both catch-up […]

News brief: Pablo Escobar moves to the Netherlands

RTL has acquired Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord for its RTL Crime channel in the Netherlands. The drama series, telling the life story of the feared drug lord, is produced by Colombian broadcaster Caracol and distributed by its sales arm, Caracol TV Internacional, which struck the RTL deal. The series debuted on RTL Crime this […]

Crime, seen investigation

As factual crime shows go from strength to strength, TBI takes witness statements from channel controllers, distributors and executives. Tim Adler uncovers why crime pays. Wives With Knives. Born to Kill. Surviving Evil. All true-crime shows whose titles could have been ripped from the headlines of this morning’s tabloids. From serial killers bip-bopping around the […]