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A&E revives true crime series “Cold Case Files”

A&E is bringing back its Emmy-nominated true crime series Cold Case Files from producers Blumhouse Television and Ample Entertainment. Narrated by Award-winning actor Danny Glover, the 10 x 60-minute series is set ...
January 19, 2017

A&E is bringing back its Emmy-nominated true crime series Cold Case Files from producers Blumhouse Television and Ample Entertainment.

Narrated by Award-winning actor Danny Glover, the 10 x 60-minute series is set to feature a single case that has gone unsolved for years. Cinematic dramatizations and first-person storytelling from the detectives and loved ones of the victim bring each story to life. As part of the reboot, the program will include different approaches to solving cold case files that are more widely available, including social media and crowd solving, alongside new advancements in technology to lead to further breakthroughs in each case.

“The new creative team has infused the franchise with a rejuvenated approach to storytelling at a time when true crime investigation is capturing the nation’s attention more than ever,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive VP and head of programming for A&E, in a statement.

Originally premiering in 1998, Cold Case Files spanned 125 episodes and ran for nearly a decade. It was nominated for two Emmys for Outstanding Nonfiction Series and became the network’s highest-rated series.

Cold Case Files, which will be distributed internationally by A+E Networks, marks the first of several greenlit series being produced by Ample, the recently launched indie studio by former AMC executive Ari Mark and acclaimed showrunner Phil Lott.

Ari Mark and Phil Lott exec produce the series for Ample, alongside Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold and Jessica Rhoades. Laura Fleury and Evan Lerner serve as executive producers for A&E.

Cold Case Files returns to A&E’s airwaves on Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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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