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Douglas leaves ID, launches Momentum

Investigation Discovery executive Christina Douglas has exited the Discovery Communications-owned true crime network to launch her own firm, with New York-based prodco Blackfin backing the new shop. Momentum Content will specialize creating, ...
January 12, 2017

Investigation Discovery executive Christina Douglas has exited the Discovery Communications-owned true crime network to launch her own firm, with New York-based prodco Blackfin backing the new shop.

Momentum Content will specialize creating, developing and producing crime formats and unscripted programming with Blackfin in the U.S., UK and Canada. Momentum currently has a slate of crime and investigation-driven formats in the pipeline for 2017.

Douglas will work out of Blackfin’s New York offices, working closely alongside CEO Geno McDermott. The pair will serve as exec producers on all series.

“Geno’s innate storytelling sensibility, exceptional visual style and dedication to producing premium quality content matches my vision for Momentum,” said Douglas in a statement.

The former network exec has previously served as the development exec for Blackfin’s Investigation Discovery series I Am Homicide, one of ID’s highest-rated series for 2016. A second 10-episode season order is currently in production.

Prior to founding Momentum, Douglas spent nearly 10 years at Discovery Communications across a variety of departments and U.S. brands.

Most recently, she held the title of development exec at ID developing such series as The 1980′s: The Deadliest DecadeEvil Lives HereLas Vegas Law and Bad Blood.

Blackfin’s backing of Momentum illustrates the New York company’s commitment to prioritize copro deals and align with innovative producers and talent in the unscripted space. Blackfin, headed by McDermott, was founded in 2013.

Momentum Content has signed with WME for representation.

“Christina has a proven track record as a talented developer and is a true authority in the growing crime genre,” added McDermott. “With the launch of Momentum, we look to capitalize on Christina’s expertise while also expanding her sensibilities.”

About The Author
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.

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