Unscripted

Shine’s “Cold Case” heads Stateside

UK producer Shine TV has won a commission from U.S. cablenet Nat Geo to make an American version of its factual series History Cold Case, while also landing a second season order for the original UK version from the BBC.
March 10, 2011

UK producer Shine TV has won a commission from U.S. cablenet Nat Geo to make an American version of its factual series History Cold Case, while also landing a second season order for the original UK version from the BBC.

National Geographic Channel US has greenlit History Cold Case USA (4 x 60 minutes), which will feature U.S. forensic experts tackling stories based on American-based skeletal finds. The U.S. series is in pre-production now and will air later this year.

It was commissioned by Steve Burns, National Geographic Channel’s exec VP of global content, and the exec producer for Nat Geo is Madeleine Carter.

The series first launched on UK terrestrial BBC Two last year and is produced by Shine in association with Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures. Each episode of the original series saw the forensic team at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human ID investigating historical finds of human remains.

Martin Davidson, BBC commissioner for history and business, ordered the second season to air on BBC Two later this year. Production is underway now and Cassian Harrison exec produces for the BBC.

Shine TV’s head of specialist factual, Natalie Humphreys, exec produces both the UK and U.S. versions. “The double commission marks a strong start to the year for Shine’s specialist factual slate,” she said.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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