DISCOVERY INVESTS IN KILLER TRUE CRIME CONTENT WITH WOODCUT MEDIA
London – Monday 12th August 2019 – Discovery has commissioned Woodcut Media to produce British Police: Our Toughest Cases and a second season of The Killer in My Family. Both shows will appear on Discovery’s free-to air channel Quest Red.
Blue Ant International will act as worldwide distributor (outside of the UK) and has provided deficit financing for the new series, as well as season 2 of The Killer in My Family.
Delving into some of the most harrowing and challenging of investigations, British Police: Our Toughest Cases (6 x 60) explores the cases that devastated communities, defined careers and took their toll on even the most experienced officers; from murders to violence, sexual attacks and child abuse. The series will feature in-depth interviews with the CSIs, detectives, family liaison officers, and arresting officers at the very centre of the investigations who all provide unique insight into each operation and their impact and why, in some instances, they took decades to solve. Also featured will be some of the victim’s families who share their perspective on the devastating impact that these crimes had on their lives.
British Police: Our Toughest Cases was ordered by Clare Laycock, SVP Head of Lifestyle and Entertainment Brands, and commissioned by Charlotte Reid, Senior Director of Production and Development. Romy Page is Commissioning Executive for Quest Red, Matthew Gordon and Kate Beal are Executive Producers for Woodcut Media and Solange Attwood is Executive Producer for Blue Ant International.
Featuring high-profile cases including Britain’s most dangerous prisoner Robert Maudsley, a second season of The Killer in My Family (6 x 60) explores homicide and its impact from the perspectives of murderer’s family members and those who knew the killer personally. Whether it’s the father, sister, ex-wife or the child, each episode will get up close and personal to these individuals to discover the devastating impact of living with a killer.
Season Two of The Killer in My Family is executive produced by Jamie Watkins, Content Sourcing and Acquisition Manager (Discovery). Matthew Gordon and Kate Beal (Woodcut Media), and Solange Attwood (Blue Ant International).
Clare Laycock, SVP, Head of Lifestyle & Entertainment Brands at Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, said: “British Police: Our Toughest Cases and The Killer in My Family will give viewers the opportunity to delve into the intricacies of high-profile investigations from the perspective of professionals and the families that are impacted. Both shows will bolster Quest Red’s hugely popular crime strand which includes Britain’s Deadliest Kids and Murder On CCTV.”
“Crime programming is still having its heyday and there are no signs of things slowing down when it comes to demand. Our series’ have found a superb platform with the Discovery owned channels, and we hope each intriguing episode will leave viewers hungry for more. We are also delighted to welcome Blue Ant on board as distributor,” said Matthew Gordon, Executive Producer, Woodcut Media.
NOTES TO EDITORS
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About Woodcut Media:
With offices in London and Hampshire, Woodcut Media, a member of the Anthology Group of businesses, is one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of factual programming. A leading true crime producer in the UK (The Killer in My Family, How I Caught the Killer, Jo Frost on Killer Kids, World’s Most Evil Killers, The Krays: The Prison Years), Woodcut’s growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series (Wings of War, Combat Machines, Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen), premium one-off and talent led docs (Fiennes: Return to the Nile featuring Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba and The Ivy) factual entertainment shows (How Hacks Work, Around the World in 80 Tricks, World’s Scariest Hauntings). www.woodcutmedia.com
About the Anthology Group:
Anthology Media is the parent of a diverse media group comprising two wholly owned subsidiaries, Anthology Studios (a group of six TV and film production companies and a licensing company) and Anthology Theatre (a theatre production, investment and advisory business). Founded by Bob Benton to bridge the gap between creativity and finance, the Group combines expertise in both areas to develop and produce scripted and unscripted TV, film, and theatre. Carolyn Bennett chairs Anthology Media; Jeremy Mills chairs Anthology Studios; Bob Benton chairs Anthology Theatre; Hilary Strong is Chief Executive Officer of the group. http://theanthologygroup.co.uk/
About Blue Ant International:
Blue Ant International is a leading worldwide distributor of high-quality, creative content that engages audiences worldwide and across multiple platforms. The company offers a full service approach to production partners with sales operations in London, Toronto and Los Angeles. Blue Ant International has a growing slate of over 3,500 hours of premium content, including distinctive series and formats in five key genres including factual entertainment, specialist factual, high-impact documentaries, kids and family, and scripted. Blue Ant International has also one of the world’s largest offerings of 4K natural history content.
For Woodcut Media
Celine Xerri-Brook, Magena Media
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Christabel Smith, Corporate Communications Manager
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