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FilmRise takes “Unsolved Mysteries” digital

Film and television distributor FilmRise has obtained the worldwide digital distribution rights to the long-running American TV series Unsolved Mysteries. Brooklyn-based FilmRise plans to release episodes on Amazon’s streaming services, including the now ...
December 15, 2016

Film and television distributor FilmRise has obtained the worldwide digital distribution rights to the long-running American TV series Unsolved Mysteries.

Brooklyn-based FilmRise plans to release episodes on Amazon’s streaming services, including the now internationally available Amazon Prime, this December.

Digital viewers will also be able to see updates to several of the featured crimes and mysteries as part of the series’ digital debut.

The acquisition comes after FilmRise’s announcement it has raised $50 million over the past year to buy more film and TV titles.

Running for 572 episodes, Unsolved Mysteries used documentary-style storytelling, coupled with re-enactments, to tell stories ranging from unsolved crimes and missing persons to conspiracy theories and paranormal activities. Originally hosted by Robert Stack (pictured) from 1987 – 2002, this new deal also includes the 2008 – 2010 revival of the series hosted by Dennis Farina. It aired on NBC (1988–1997), CBS (1997–1999), Lifetime (2001–2002), and Spike (2008 – 2010).

Created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, Unsolved Mysteries was nominated for an Emmy every year from 1989–1993 and once more in 1995.

“We’re pleased to be releasing this celebrated series to a large audience of fans both old and new,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, in a statement. “Unsolved Mysteries is an American tradition that FilmRise is excited to preserve.”

Fisher and FilmRise’s VP of acquisitions Max Einhorn negotiated the deal with Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., the production company behind Unsolved Mysteries.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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