Exclusive: Woodcut, Keshet ink first-look crime content deal

London-based documentary and factual indie Woodcut has inked a first-look distribution and development deal for crime programming with Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International. (Pictured: Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook)
January 25, 2016

London-based documentary and factual indie Woodcut Media has inked a first-look distribution and development deal with Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International.

Under the deal, Keshet will receive exclusive access to the indie producer’s forthcoming unscripted true crime slate for global distribution.

The agreement comes as Keshet looks to ramp up its distribution efforts in the unscripted English-language programming space, with particular emphasis on the crime vertical due to the genre’s growing potential for international acquisition.

Woodcut Media has developed a raft of factual crime programs for the UK market including Discovery Channel UK’s The Krays: The Prison Years; and Crime & Investigation Network’s Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook (pictured), Broadmoor: A History of the Criminally Insane, and Frankie Fraser’s Last Stand.

Last April, Woodcut amplified its programming output by appointing Jinal Patel as executive producer. Prior to joining the company, Patel served as A+E Networks UK commissioning editor where she oversaw the Crime & Investigation Network and Lifetime in the UK and across EMEA. She is credited with executive producing Britain’s Darkest Taboos and Crimes That Shook Britain .

“Woodcut’s slate is without a doubt one of the best crime slates in the non-scripted space right now,” Keshet’s Sebastian Burkhardt, head of business development and acquisitions, tells realscreen. “There are a number of very interesting series currently on their slate that are [being] sought by various broadcasters right now and there are amazing series in the pipeline that have a lot of potential to play in many international markets.”

“Teaming up with Keshet is a great move for Woodcut and we are confident this will be a fruitful alliance to further deliver our crime shows to a global audience,” added Woodcut CEO Kate Beal.

“The Keshet team were really open with us saying, ‘We don’t have any crime specialists we’re working with at the moment. We want you to be it,’ and I think that really appealed – that we weren’t going to get lost in a sea of other indies,” she explained. “It was important to us that we knew we’d stand out in the Keshet catalog.”

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