Foxtel takes “Serial Killer,” “Storage” from Zodiak Rights

Australian broadcaster Foxtel has acquired the First Look TV-produced crime docuseries Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer as well as 40 hours of lifestyle and factual titles from international distributor Zodiak Rights. (Pictured: Storage: Flog the Lot!)
February 2, 2015

Australia broadcaster Foxtel has acquired the First Look TV-produced crime docuseries Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer as well as a 40-hour lifestyle and factual package from international distributor Zodiak Rights.

Using video and audio from real murderers, the 10 x 60-minute series Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer sets out to uncover signs of psychopathic behavior. Among those featured is the psychologist and author Linda Papadopolous, as well as survivors of the Norway Massacre.

Foxtel has pre-bought the series, which is to go into production early this year and will launch on the broadcaster’s Crime and Investigation channel next year.

Meanwhile, the package deal includes RDF Television’s popular factual series Storage: Flog The Lot! (pictured; 6 x 60 minutes HD), on an eclectic group of professional and amateur dealers securing priceless items against the clock; Minnow Films’ Kids and Guns (1 x 60 minutes); Blast! Films’ CCTV: Caught on Camera (3 x 60 minutes); and RDF Television’s Inside the National Trust (20 x 60 minutes) and Crime Secrets of… (2 x 60 minutes). Foxtel has also re-licensed series one to three of Zodiak New York’s Hardcore Pawn.

Elsewhere, lifestyle titles include Red House’s Sarah Beeny’s How to Sell Your Home (6 x 30 minutes) and Brand New House on a Budget (3 x 60 minutes), as well as IWC Media’s Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge (season three), Wellpark Productions’ The Vikings are Coming (1 x 60 minutes) and RDF Television’s 100 Year Old Drivers (1 x 60 minutes).

The deal was brokered by Alex LeMerle, VP of sales for Zodiak Rights.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.