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FilmRise, Blue Ant announce Killers: Caught on Camera deal

January 24, 2023

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network and Blue Ant International, a worldwide distributor of creative content, have announced a co-production and distribution deal for a new true crime series with a voyeuristic twist, Killers: Caught on Camera.

The 10-episode programme produced by back2back productions and CBS Reality, will give viewers a front-row seat to footage and analysis of bad decisions and acts of pure evil. The announcement was made jointly by Max Einhorn, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions of FilmRise and Ben Barrett, Global Head of Content Financing & Partnerships of Blue Ant International.

Einhorn commented “Killers: Caught on Camera is a captivating original true crime co-production, and we are confident that it will be another favorite among this genre’s audience. We look for productions inside reliable genres yet offer unique twists. With ‘Killers: Caught on Camera,’ the ‘cam show’ has a frightening new format.

Killers Caught on Camera is a great example of the kind of partner-centric deals within the global production community that Blue Ant International facilitates resulting in creative storytelling”added Barrett. “I’m pleased to be working with this collaborative group on a very international and returnable series that I’m confident will deliver a broad audience for all partners.”

The series was co-developed between Blue Ant International (BAI) and back2back productions. Barrett also brokered all pre-sales and investment for the project with additional financing from CBS Reality, Seven.One Entertainment Group and Viaplay Group. FilmRise has secured all exclusive distribution rights in the US, Canada and the Caribbean. CBS Reality has secured exclusive broadcast rights in the UK and Africa. The international rights are available through Blue Ant International.

Video footage from home security cameras, CCTV, and dashcams take center stage in the series, helping detectives catch perpetrators in moments of criminal intent to their final heinous acts of terror. Family members of victims and law enforcement provide first-hand accounts of how these chilling events unfold while experts like Criminal Psychologist Dr. Julia Shaw dissect the darkest corners of the mind. Shaw, a psychological scientist specialising in false memory and criminal psychology, is most notably known as the co-host of BBC Sounds’ number 1 podcast Bad People which analyses and tries to understand the behavior of murderers, sex offenders, cannibals, and serial killers.

“Shocking, revealing and emotionally charged, Killers Caught on Camera takes the viewer to the very heart of each and every manhunt, as investigators use everything at their disposal to track down the person responsible,” says David Notman-Watt, Founder/Managing Director back2back productions. “The four-way financing partnership allowed us to create a unique crime series where every featured case is pieced together like a jigsaw.”

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