Extra: Sky commissions true-crime series; TV5Monde promotion

Woodcut commissioned for Murdered at First Sight Sky UK has commissioned Woodcut Media to produce the true-crime series Murdered at First Sight for Sky Crime. Murdered at First Sight (10 x 60 ...
February 8, 2022

Woodcut commissioned for Murdered at First Sight

Sky UK has commissioned Woodcut Media to produce the true-crime series Murdered at First Sight for Sky Crime.

Murdered at First Sight (10 x 60 min.), which is scheduled to debut on the channel in March, will tell first-hand stories about complex, seemingly motiveless murder cases in which the culprit wasn’t known to the victim.

The series is being distributed internationally, outside the UK, by Abacus Media Rights.

Emily-Jane Wilde, Sky Crime and Sky Witness programming lead, commissioned Murdered at First Sight. Matthew Gordon and Koulla Anastasi are executive producers on the series.

“As producers, we always try to explore the stories relating to murder with sensitivity. The fact that these perpetrators commit heinous acts on complete strangers is hard to comprehend,” Gordon said in a news release.

TV5Monde promotes executive to EVP, global growth and development

Global French-language network TV5Monde has named longtime executive Patrice Courtaban as its EVP, global growth and business development, while also promoting him to CEO of TV5 USA.

The new position will see Courtaban responsible for identifying growth and revenue opportunities around the world for all TV5Monde services, including linear offerings and the company’s streaming platform.

Courtaban, who will take on the roles effective immediately, will continue to be based in Los Angeles, the headquarters of TV5 USA. He replaces TV5 USA CEO Jean-Luc Cronel, who is retiring from the company. He’ll also continue to lead TV5 USA’s premium linear and streaming channel offerings, including a wide range of feature films, series and documentaries.

TV5Monde’s content is received by more than 400 million homes in nearly 200 countries around the world. The company credits Courtaban with helping to orchestrate TV5 USA’s growth in America, with strategies such as TV5Monde Cinema On Demand SVOD, the TV5Monde Style network featuring fashion and lifestyle content, and the TiVi5Monde children’s network.

“In these roles, I look forward to continuing to provide our loyal and passionate existing viewership with the best in entertainment, news and cultural content while working to build TV5Monde’s global audience by implementing the means to entice and engage a new and even lager base of subscribers and viewers worldwide,” Courtaban said in a news release.

Flame Distribution announces factual sale details

Flame Distribution unveiled a raft of factual sales from its catalog to start 2022.

EarthxTV, which launched in 2020 with a focus on environmental conservation and sustainability, acquired the U.S. rights from Flame to a 39-hour package including Baboon Diaries (6 x 30 min.), Work on the Wild Side (20 x 60 min., 10 x 30 min.), 47 Below (1 x 51 min.), The Lion Queen (6 x 45 min. in season 1, 6 x 45 min. in season 2) and Food Fighter (1 x 52 min., 1 x 86 min.).

Acorn TV licensed 22 hours, with titles such as Scotch! The Story of Whiskey (3 x 53 min.), The Shelter: Animal SOS (6 x 23 min.), and Walking Through History (4 x 50 min. in season 1, 6 x 47 min, in season 2).

France’s M6 picked up 186 hours for its AVOD service 6Play, including The Missing Tourist (1 x 44 min., 1 x 52 min.), all five seasons of A Chief’s Life, Billionaire Wonderland (5 x 60 min.), Hayley Goes (6 x 42 min.), and all four seasons of Taken.

Scotland’s STV Player, meanwhile, took 30 hours of content for its AVOD service, and Quintus Studios bought 12 hours for its AVOD services in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, UK, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden and the Netherlands.

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