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Fred Media secures pre-sales for First on Scene

April 25, 2023

Fred Media, the Australian independent content distributor, has secured several pre-sales for its newest series, First on Scene (20 x 30).

The pre-sale deals have been struck with Nine, (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), ProSieben (Germany), Play Media (formerly SBS, Belgium) and Viaplay (for the Nordics, Baltics, the Netherlands and Poland).

Produced by WTFN, First on Scene documents the unbelievable acts caught on camera from America’s bravest news cameramen and women as they capture unexpected real-life emergencies, jaw-dropping accidents, and outrageous moments of life after dark in Los Angeles, as well as other major cities such as Houston, San Diego and Chicago. These are incredible true tales of fate crossing the path of everyday citizens and generating an event that makes the evening news.

Each half-hour episode features eight thrilling news items – car pursuits, hit and runs, head-on collisions, out-of-control flooding, animals on the loose, massive blazes, urban shootings, highspeed freeway occurrences, backyard infernos, plane crashes, wild weather. Each story is retold and dissected through master interviews with a cast of returning on-scene experts – camera journalists, ex-Los Angeles police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and crime reporters. This expert commentary unpacks each story, giving play-by-play storytelling as if viewers are riding shotgun, watching events happening in real time.

Jimmy Elkington from Fred Media was responsible for negotiating the pre-sales with Nine and TVNZ. He comments: “First on Scene is a fast-paced, absorbing and bingeable series that brilliantly both documents and deconstructs a wide range of impactful moments. WTFN has used its expertise in producing emergency and blue-light programming to craft a hugely exciting show that never fails to put viewers front and centre with the action. These pre-sale commitments are testament to the undeniable appeal that broadcasters and platforms see for their audiences, and we look forward to sharing this series more widely in the international marketplace over the coming months.”

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