LONDON – 1 March 2023 – CBS Reality, the #1 factual entertainment channel in the UK amongst women 16+, has commissioned the UK-based independent factual and non-scripted specialist Phoenix Television to produce Murder: Fight for the Truth.
The 10×60’ series reveals the stories of heroes who went the extra mile when the odds were stacked against them to crack murder cases and bring killers to justice. The brand-new, original series features a different, compelling case each episode with four coming from the UK and six from the US including the British case of Julie Hogg whose mother changed an 800-year old double jeopardy law to convict her killer and the US case of 3-year old Ashley McLellan who was found dead in an outdoor pool – an on-scene fire captain knew it wasn’t an accidental death and was determined to prove it. The series will premiere on Thursday, 6th April at 10pm.
Every episode is authored by the hero who drove the search for justice and was instrumental in solving the case. As each case unfolds, the hero’s journey is supported by other key players including family and friends, police officers, lawyers and a wide range of investigative experts. Each episode concludes with the truth finally being unearthed and a killer is convicted.
Sam Rowden, Vice President of Content and Production, AMC Networks International – UK, said, “Murder: Fight for the Truth has a unique perspective on murder cases because it allows us to champion and celebrate the work of extraordinary people – both professionals and family members – who were determined to solve the murder case they were involved with, and get justice. This new series underscores our commitment to delivering compelling original true crime programming on CBS Reality in the UK.”
Jaimi West, founding partner at Phoenix, said, “This highly emotive and deeply personal series reveals how brave, determined and passionate people were compelled to embark on their own fight for the truth, and get it.”
Murder: Fight for the Truth is Phoenix’s fifth in the crime space and its second CBS Reality commission, having previously produced the 10×60’ ratings hit Murder: First on Scene.
Murder: Fight for the Truth is co-funded and distributed internationally by Abacus Media Rights.
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About CBS Reality:
Home to expert-led true crime, CBS Reality investigates authentic criminal cases through first-hand interviews, archive footage and key evidence. Always factual, always true.
The channel has invested significantly in original true crime programming, including ‘Murder by the Sea’, ‘The Murder That Changed Britain’, ‘The Truth About My Murder’, ‘Donal MacIntyre’s Released to Kill’, ‘Descent of a Serial Killer’ and ‘Murder: First on Scene’.
About AMC Networks International – UK:
AMC Networks International – UK (AMCNI – UK) distributes television programming throughout the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and manages a portfolio of eight channel brands, including AMC, SundanceTV and a portfolio of six entertainment channels in joint venture with Paramount Global, including CBS Justice, CBS Europa, CBS Reality, RealityXtra, Legend and HorrorXtra.
AMC Networks International – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International, a leading producer and distributor of television channels reaching subscribers in more than 130 countries and territories and spanning a range of genres, including movie, lifestyle, entertainment and factual.
AMC Networks International is the global division of AMC Networks.
For more information, visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amc-networks-international.
Phoenix is a brave, innovative non-scripted television production company. We make different. The company is jointly owned and run by Founding Partners Jaimi West and Miles Jarvis who worked together for 17 years at three different production companies before setting up Phoenix in 2017. We are experts at creating and delivering innovative, high quality, returnable non-scripted series and premium factual. As passionate programme makers we thrive on developing and producing programmes under three editorial pillars: Specialist Factual, Crime and Factual Entertainment/Reality. Phoenix is an ethnically diverse, female-led, Royal Television Society award-winning British indie based in Hampshire, UK. Our programmes and more about us can be found at www.phoenixtelevision.co.uk
ABOUT ABACUS MEDIA RIGHTS
Abacus Media Rights (AMR) acquires and distributes a diverse slate of premium, multi-genre programming in the international market. AMR now additionally represents the Flame Media catalogue.
At the same time, the company also works with producers to facilitate pre-sales and development finance as well as broadcaster commissions.
Embracing a fully transparent reporting ethos throughout, AMR focuses on building strong client relationships and generating positive solutions at every stage of the process, from initial financing to worldwide broadcast in order to successfully deliver scripted and non-scripted entertainment that counts to a global audience.
Abacus Media Rights is an Amcomri Entertainment company. Amcomri Entertainment Inc (NEO Exchange Canada: AMEN) (FRANKFURT: 25Y0) (New York OTC: AMNNF)
Further details: www.abacusmediarights.com
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