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A+E refreshes Crime + Investigation globally

A+E Networks is slated to undergo a refresh of its global true crime network days after reviving its Emmy-winning docuseries Cold Case Files. Reaching upwards of 50 million households in more ...
February 1, 2017

A+E Networks is slated to undergo a refresh of its global true crime network days after reviving its Emmy-winning docuseries Cold Case Files.

Reaching upwards of 50 million households in more than 170 territories, Crime + Investigation (CI) be provided with a new look that will introduce a “refined positioning, updated on-air look and enhanced programming strategy” beginning with the UK territory.

As part of the rejuvenated channel’s vision, C+I will reintroduce the acclaimed true crime series Cold Case Files (pictured) from Blumhouse Television and AMPLE. 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 through cinematic dramatizations and first-person storytelling. The series premieres in the U.S. across A&E on Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, rolling out globally shortly thereafter.

Also joining C+I’s new-look line-up are Nightwatch from Wolf Reality and 44 Blue Productions; Babies Behind Bars from Workaholic Productions; 60 Days In from Lucky 8 TV; Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from The Intellectual Property Company; 24 to Life from T Group Productions; Monster in My Family from Morningstar Entertainment; and the half-hour format Police Patrol, which takes the storylines captured while filming Live PD and tells the full story of each case through the police officers involved.

The complete all-new line-up of 250 hours of true crime programming will be unveiled by the network later in Q1.

“Crime + Investigation has long taken a unique and intelligent approach to the true crime genre. We do what we do because truth is worth pursuing — through powerful storytelling across multiple platforms,” said Amanda Hill, chief marketing officer at A+E Networks, in a statement. “We now have a clearer positioning and a more contemporary look and feel — one which is fresh, bold and unexpected.”

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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