Breakthrough to produce crime docuseries for Reelz

The deal for the six-part series was led by the company's U.S. head of alternative content, Beth Fraikorn (pictured).
August 8, 2016

Breakthrough Entertainment has inked a deal with U.S. cable network Reelz that will see the Toronto-based company producing a six-part docuseries called Hollywood Homicide Uncovered.

The series, which tells the stories of homicides involving celebrities, will debut as part of Reelz’ 2016 fall lineup. Using recreations and interviews with crime experts, each episode focuses on high-profile murder cases involving the likes of Phil Spector, O.J. Simpson, Dorothy Stratten and Tupac Shakur.

Under the deal, Reelz retains both the U.S. broadcast and streaming rights to the docuseries.

The deal is Breakthrough’s second U.S. broadcast deal in as many months, after the company landed an all-rights broadcast deal with PBS for its Anne of Green Gables MOW. The TV movie is set to bow in November.

The deal for Hollywood Homicide Uncovered was led by Breakthrough’s U.S. head of alternative content, Beth Fraikorn. Based in New York, Fraikorn was tapped to head up the company’s U.S. office when it opened in April 2015.

(From Playback Daily)

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