Global production outfit FirstLook TV and True Crime Network have greenlit a new docuseries, Killer USA, based on the existing format Killer Britain, which airs on A+E’s C+I service in the UK.
The 10-episode series will follow the format of the UK version, examining true stories of murder and deception that captured the public’s imagination. Killer USA will be hosted by acclaimed TV journalist Brian Ross (pictured), winner of 19 Emmys and multiple Peabody, George Polk and Columbia DuPont awards. Ross was chief investigative correspondent at ABC News for 24 years and held the same position at NBC News for 20 years.
Killer USA is in pre-production and is scheduled to deliver in spring 2022, with UK-based indie distributor Rocket Rights handling international and ancillary domestic distribution rights.
Additionally, Rocket Rights has also licensed all three series of the original Killer Britain to the True Crime Network. The British series is presented by veteran journalist Dermot Murnaghan, who covered many of the investigations discussed.
“Brian will bring a unique perspective to the reporting of 10 terrible crimes which shocked America. FirstLook TV is delighted to have both secured Brian to our team and our latest commission from the True Crime Network,” said Will Hanrahan, creative director for FirstLook TV, in a release. “Our solid journalism allied to highly creative visual story-telling has made us a go-to production company in the true crime genre both in the USA and the UK.”
Added Andreas Lemos of Rocket Rights: “We are thrilled that the Killer format is extending to the U.S., and as a result we will see a brand new U.S. crime show launch internationally as part of the franchise, with 25 x 60′ episodes in total of Killer Britain and Killer USA available for the market. We see this as the beginning of a high volume global brand, and look forward to many future local adaptations.”
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