WOODCUT MEDIA TO PRODUCE SURVIVING A SERIAL KILLER FOR CHANNEL 4’S FREE-TO-AIR MORE4
Series Distributed Internationally by Woodcut International
For immediate release:
London/Hampshire,Wednesday 24th February 2021– UK indie Woodcut Media is currently in production with a brand new 6 part true crime series Surviving a Serial Killer ordered by Channel 4. The first episode of the series is scheduled to TX 28th February in the UK on the free-to-air channel More4.
Surviving a Serial Killer (6 x 1hr) delves into the personal stories of people who have survived a face-to-face meeting with a murderer and lived to tell the tale. From the likes of Rhonda Stapley who was attacked by one of America’s most notorious killers Ted Bundy, and Cindy Brown whose husband Bobby Joe Long physically battered her and killed 10 women in Florida, through to university student Mo Lea who managed to survive at the hands of Peter Sutcliffe aka the Yorkshire Ripper, or Tony Antonucci who took up an apprenticeship with local contractor John Wayne Gacy, only to find himself potentially facing the same grisly fate as Gacy’s 33 other victims – all these individuals and more speak out about their horrific ordeals.
Through a series of in-depth interviews, this eye-opening crime documentary series focuses not on the perpetrator but on the lives of the surviving victims as they give first hand accounts of their hellish ordeals and the imapct this had on their lives thereafter.
Surviving a Serial Killer was ordered by Polly Scates, Acquisitions Manager, Channel 4 with Derren Lawford brokering the deal on behalf of Woodcut Media. Executive producers are Matt Blyth and Koulla Anastasi, with Nick Mavroidakis as Series Producer for Woodcut Media.
Polly Scates, Acquisitions Manager, Channel 4 said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing Surviving a Serial Killer to More4. We were immediately drawn to this unique twist on a true crime format, that highlights the important voices of those who came into contact with some of the most terrifying people in history.”
Matt Blyth, Co-Founder, Woodcut Media said: “We are so pleased to announce this production for More4. True crime about serial killers tends to focus on the perpetrators, however this time, we have switched the usual narrative to give a voice to those individuals who narrowly escaped death instead. Each episode provides viewers with a moving and sometimes chilling account of their traumatic experiences, and we hope the contributions they made to the series will provide some kind of catharsis as well.”
Worldwide sales of the series will be handled by Woodcut International.
Koulla Anastasi, Director of Business Development, Woodcut International added: “As we continue to grow the Woodcut International catalogue, we are excited to have another brand new true crime series to add to our slate. Increased screen at the moment has created an even stronger demand for this type of content and audiences seem to have an insatiable appetite for the crime genre. We will be presenting Surviving a Serial Killer to our buyers, especially in the run up to virtual MIP TV.”
About Woodcut Media:
With offices in London, Hampshire and Bristol, Woodcut Media, (part of the Anthology Group of businesses), is one of the leading indies in the UK, producing a broad range of factual programming. A leading true crime producer (Murder at My Door with Kym Marsh, The Beverley Allitt Tapes, The Killer in My Family, World’s Most Evil Killers), Woodcut’s growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series (Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute, The Secret History of World War II and the hit ‘Combat’ franchise, Combat Ships, Combat Trains, Combat Machines), premium docs (Fiennes: Return to the Nile, 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 and Paranormal Captured). Woodcut works with multiple broadcasters worldwide such as Channel 5, Sky, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Discovery and CI etc. Towards the end of 2020 and as part of the company’s continued expansion, Woodcut launched Woodcut International, a distribution division, as well as a new Bristol-based production operation Woodcut West which specialises in natural history and high-end specialist factual. www.woodcutmedia.com