Extra: ID launches IDCON; TVF Int’l shops “Chicken Soup” series

In today's 'Extra,' ID launches a crime TV convention in New York City, and South Korea's EBS inks a multi-million dollar doc copro deal with China's Golden Eagle Documentary Channel.
April 7, 2016

ID to host convention for true crime fans in June

Investigation Discovery is launching a convention for true crime fans. The inaugural IDCON will take place on June 11 at New York City’s Altman Buidling and will feature personalities from the Discovery-owned cable net’s programs, including On the Case ‘s Paula Zahn, Homicide Hunter‘s Joe Kenda (pictured), Hate in America‘s Tony Harris, Killer Instinct‘s Chris Hansen, Mind of a Murderer‘s Michelle Ward and Deadly Women‘s Candice DeLong.

The network will also use the opportunity to showcase exclusive clips and talent from its summer slate. Fans will also be able to win walk-on roles, get autographs, try a virtual reality experience, visit a mock forensic lab and contribute to a podcast station. Admission is free and registration is now open via

South Korea’s EBS, China’s Golden Eagle to coproduce three doc series

South Korean pubcaster EBS has inked a $6 million coproduction agreement with newly launched Chinese net Golden Eagle Documentary Channel, which is owned by Hunan Broadcasting System. Executives from the two networks have been in talks since December and worked out details in March.

The deal will encompass three documentary series, including a 10-episode doc series about Chinese tech start-ups that is due to air later this year. The networks will also jointly produce a six-episode documentary shot in China’s West Hunan Province with a budget of $5.7 million. Due to air in late 2017, the series will look at how Asians have understood and made use of the five natural elements from the perspective of science and technology.

TVF to shop “Chicken Soup for the Soul” hidden-camera series

London-based TVF International will distribute the family series CBS: Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes outside the United States. Produced by Litton Entertainment, the show is a part-hidden camera, part-social experiment series that secretly captures people performing everyday acts of kindness. It’s hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet and premiered in the U.S. on CBS last fall.

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