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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
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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