Extra: 51 Minds ups trio of execs; ID preps “Heart of Darkness” from Talos Films

51 Minds shuffles development team 51 Minds Entertainment, a division of Endemol Shine North America, has upped three executives on its development team. Chris Kinsella (pictured), who was named EVP of development, will oversee ...
January 28, 2019

51 Minds shuffles development team

51 Minds Entertainment, a division of Endemol Shine North America, has upped three executives on its development team.

Chris Kinsella (pictured), who was named EVP of development, will oversee all development initiatives for male-skewing and crime-orientated networks. Kinsella most recently served as SVP of development and helped develop a range of programs, including Sisterhood of Hip Hop and Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. He joined the company in 2010 as director of development.

Meanwhile, Jessica Bofshever has been elevated to SVP of development. In her new role, she will lead development for pop culture and lifestyle-focused outlets. Bofshever formerly served as VP of development and helped develop such 51 Minds series as The Grande Hustle and Unspouse My House. She originally joined 51 Minds in 2014 as director of development. Before joining the Los Angeles producer, she served as director of development for Good Clean Fun.

Additionally, senior director of development Hanan Abdelaal has been promoted to VP of development. Abdleaal will be tasked with focusing on developing series for pop culture and lifestyle nets, and reports into Bofshever. She previously worked at Endemol Shine North America where she helped to produce and develop shows for networks including ABC, FOX and VH1.

Dorsey Pictures furthers true crime expansion with Red Arrow Studios deal

Dorsey Pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has expanded its true crime portfolio by signing Emmy Award-nominated true crime producer Kelly McLear and true crime author Randy William to first-look deals.

Dorsey’s first true crime project, Slender Man Stabbing: The Untold Story, premiered Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Reelz.

McLear is best known for her work on Crime Watch Daily, while Williams is a true crime author whose latest book, Sherlock Holmes and the Autumn of Terror, has been featured on the popular crime podcast The Lineup.

“As we bring our unique view into the world of crime, we want to align with longtime experts in the field that have a pulse on the most compelling stories and characters,” said Chris Dorsey, founding partner of Dorsey Pictures, in a statement.

Cineflix Rights inks deals with Brown Bob Productions, Windfall Films

UK indie television content distributor Cineflix Rights has secured multi-title acquisitions deals with British indies Brown Bob Productions and Windfall Films.

Anchoring the deal is Brown Bob’s Inside the Operating Theatre (20 x 60 minutes; for UKTV), which goes inside four operating theaters at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK. The series follows the skilled team of surgeons and theater staff as they carry out a range of duties and operations.

This is the third series in Brown Bob’s Inside the… franchise, which includes Inside the Vets, also distributed by Cineflix Rights.

Cineflix Rights’ deal with Windfall Films, meanwhile, comprises How Things Work (10 x 60 minutes; for Discovery Science Channel and France TV); Attack of the Zeppelins (1 x 60 minutes; for Channel 4, NOVA/WGBH and National Geographic Channels International); Mystery of the Northern Lights (1 x 60 minutes; for Discovery Science and CBS); Building Hitler’s Supergun: The Plot to Destroy London (1 x 60 minutes; for Channel 4, NOVA/WGBH, National Geographic UK, PBS and SBS); Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The New Evidence (1 x 60 minutes; for Channel 4); and Operation Lighthouse Rescue (1 x 60 minutes; for PBS).

The deal with Brown Bob Productions was closed by Catherine McCormick, manager of acquisitions, and the deal with Windfall Films was closed by Richard Life, head of acquisitions for Cineflix Rights.

ID commissions Heart of Darkness from Talos Films  

True crime net Investigation Discovery is gearing up to examine what unfolds when everything you thought you knew about a loved one is wrong.

Heart of Darkness, a six-part series produced by Talos Films, details the casualties of love and includes looks into former partners, jealous friends, scorned sons and daughters, and family members. The series shows the power of emotion and how it can turn the most reasonable people to criminal madness.

In each episode, viewers will question the guilty party until the end of the episode, exposing further details of the harrowing crime.

Talos Films’ Julian P. Hobbs, Elli Hakami and Thomas Latter are executive producers. Elissa Halperin serves as supervising producer. For Investigation Discovery Liz Massie is executive producer, Sara Kozak is SVP of production, Kevin Bennett is GM, and Henry S. Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

Heart of Darkness premieres Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Investigation Discovery.

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