ID moves into scripted with “Serial Thriller”

The Discovery Communications network is entering the scripted arena with a "ripped from the headlines" three-parter produced by October Films. (Pictured: ID topper Henry Schleiff)
March 31, 2015

Another predominantly non-fiction cable network in the U.S. is entering the scripted arena.

Discovery Communications’ Investigation Discovery (ID) is airing its first scripted project, the three-part, tent-pole Serial Thriller, in the summer of 2015.

Produced by October Films, the miniseries will examine a community terrorized by a real-life serial killer. The murderer’s identity will be kept as a secret initially, with viewers encouraged to unravel the mystery along with the series’ characters.

The project will also be distributed as a theatrical release to the global market.

“For the first time ever, ID provides viewers with the experience of watching an engaging and chilling scripted drama as seen through our authentic, true-crime filter,” said Henry Schleiff (pictured), group president of ID, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel and Discovery Fit and Health, in a statement.

“Our ambition was to view the story of a serial killer through an entirely new lens and to put the ferocity and significance of the crimes firmly back into the present tense for the viewer,” added Matt Robins, creative director of October Films.

Matt Robins, Steve Murphy and Lindsay Shapero are exec producers for October Films, while Eugenie Vink exec produces for Investigation Discovery.

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