FilmRise Greenlights Season 2 of True Crime Series ‘Killers Caught on Camera’

FilmRise on Jan. 29 announced at the Realscreen Summit that the company has greenlit the second season of the true crime series “Killers Caught on Camera,” with co-production partners CBS AMC Networks UK Channels, Blue Ant Studios and Back 2 Back Productions.

Season 2 of “Killers: Caught on Camera” will follow the same premise and format as Season 1, adding 10 new episodes to the series.  The series captures actual criminals in the act as seen on home security cameras, CCTV, and dashcams. The footage helps detectives catch the perpetrators and solve cases. Family members of victims and law enforcement personnel provide first-hand accounts of how these chilling events unfolded, while experts such as criminal psychologist Dr. Julia Shaw dissect the darkest corners of the mind. Shaw, a psychologist specializing in false memory and criminal psychology, is most notably known as the co-host of the popular BBC Sounds podcast “Bad People,” which analyzes and tries to understand the behavior of murderers, sex offenders, cannibals, and serial killers.  

“We are delighted to announce that Blue Ant will once again join us as co-producers for the upcoming season of this captivating and addictive true-crime program,” said Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions at FilmRise, the New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network. “It comes as no surprise to us that audiences are eagerly anticipating a second season. We look forward to the longevity of the series.”

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“Season 1 performed very well for us in the global market, and we are excited to take the second season out to our international buyers,” added Ben Barrett, global head of Content Financing and Partnerships, Unscripted, at Blue Ant Studios.  “FilmRise, CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership and Back2Back Productions have been exceptional partners, and we cannot wait to join forces once again and deliver even more exciting  content for an international audience.”

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international production studio and rights business and channel operator. The company’s studio creates and distributes programming, in all content genres, for streaming and
broadcasting platforms around the world. Blue Ant Media also operates free
streaming and pay TV channels under several media brands internationally,
including Love Nature, Cottage Life, Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth Canada, HauntTV, Homeful, Drag Race Universe, Total Crime, HistoryTime and Love Pets. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with six international offices in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, London, Washington and Sydney.

FilmRise to Serve Up True Crime in February

FilmRise is serving up true crime series in February.

Season eight of “World’s Most Evil Killers” will be streaming free on Amazon Freevee, Peacock, Tubi, Pluto TV, the FilmRise app, and more. An in-depth look at the lives and crimes of some of the world’s most evil killers, the new season tells the stories of more than 20 killers such as Harry Jarvis in Scotland, Jordan Monaghan in the United Kingdom, Lester Jones in Colorado, John Eric Armstrong in Detroit and many more. The series  features criminologist Elizabeth Yardley (“Murders & Their Mothers,” “Britain’s Most Evil Killers”), author and journalist Geoffrey Wansell (“Measuring Evil: Britain’s Worst Killers,” “Memories of a Murder,” “When the Whales Came”), and narrator Fred Dinenage (“Gambit,” “& How”).

The new series “World’s Most Evil Prisoners” will stream free on Amazon Freevee, Peacock, Tubi, Pluto TV, the FilmRise app, and more. The series takes an in-depth look at the offenders whose crimes earned them rare life sentences. Despite being securely locked behind bars, these inmates go on to torture, kidnap and even kill. The season reveals the misdeeds of criminals such as Italian-American mobster Freddy Geas whose influence only grew in prison; one of the youngest women ever sent to Death Row named Christa Pike; and Jamie Osuna, who was convicted of torturing and killing a mother of six children.

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Season three of “Bloodline Detectives” will stream free on Tubi, Pluto TV, YouTube, the FilmRise app and more. In the series, crime junkie and media personality Nancy Grace explores more cases where experts harness the power of genealogy and cutting-edge forensic technology to bring justice to unsolved homicides and sex crimes. Cases in season three include the 1999 murder of a hospital worker, the 1956 murder of a young couple and the 1974 disappearance of a then-5-year-old girl. All cases are brought to life with expert interviews, dramatic reconstructions and archival footage.

FilmRise Expands Social Media Video Distribution With Viral Nation

FilmRise, the New York City-based film, television studio and streaming network, Jan. 17 announced a new distribution partnership with social media company Viral Nation. The deal will expand the FilmRise Creator Partner Program (CPP), adding 10 creators spanning a host of popular content genres.

Participating Viral Nation creators will provide FilmRise with exclusive worldwide rights to their libraries, encompassing hours of content from gaming and lifestyle to comedy and challenge. FilmRise will curate and re-package videos for worldwide distribution as broadcast-ready television episodes. The deal includes exclusive rights in all digital media, FAST, television (free and pay-TV), non-theatrical, airline and ancillary rights.

“We have achieved remarkable success in amplifying the reach and influence of prominent YouTube creators by tailoring their content and distributing it across platforms worldwide,” Max Einhorn, SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions at FilmRise, said in a statement.

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Viral Nation is offering 10 diverse digital stars to kickstart the partnership. These include family man and skater Andrew Schrock, whose kickflips and vlogs have generated more than  5.6 million subscribers on YouTube; mobile gaming star Panda, who has 12 million subscribers tuning into his YouTube channel; and Singaporean comedian JianHao Tan, whose digital comedy sketch series has brought him more than 7 million YouTube subs.

The deal was negotiated by Einhorn, SVP, acquisitions, and Carolyn Marcus, director of creator partnerships, for FilmRise, and Bianca Serafini, head of content licensing for Viral Nation.

FilmRise Expands Content Agreement With ITV Studios

FilmRise, the New York City-based film, television studio and streaming network, and ITV Studios have expanded their content relationship with more than 5,000 hours of programming containing 3,000 hours of newly added content of British dramas both classic and new — many never before made available to stream in the United States.

The deal includes a renewal of Gordan Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares” franchises as well as an array of unscripted/factual content across the home and garden, lifestyle, true crime, competition, and reality genres — with many key titles to be exclusively distributed on AVOD and FAST by FilmRise in the United States and Canada.

The deal was announced jointly Jan. 16 at NATPE by Max Einhorn, SVP acquisitions and co-productions, FilmRise, and Rob Kaplan, SVP of sales, U.S. and global accounts, global partnerships, ITV Studios.

“Prime Suspect”

Among the new programming being added to the deal are seasons one through five of the comedy “Brassic” and seasons one and two of  “Romulus,” the epic tale of the origin of Rome set in 8th Century B.C. The complete series of “Prime Suspect” starring Dame Helen Mirren, as well as all five seasons of the iconic series “Upstairs, Downstairs,” are also on the list, in addition to four seasons of “Nanny 911,” the reality series where British nannies were brought into homes with troublesome tots, and 12 seasons of “The Hotel Inspector,” where celebrated hotelier and businesswoman Alex Polizzi visits struggling British hotels to try and turn fortunes around by giving advice and suggestions to the owner.

“Upstairs, Downstairs”

FilmRise began its relationship with ITV Studios during its early years and with the series “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares” across AVOD and FAST. Currently FilmRise manages six FAST Channels for “Hell’s Kitchen” in North America and seven FAST Channels for “Hell’s Kitchen”/”Kitchen Nightmares” in the United States.

“With the expansion of this deal with ITV Studios, we are positioning ourselves as a key player to further distribute exceptional British drama and non-scripted content to the U.S. FAST and AVOD audience,” Einhorn said in a statement. “We are very proud that ITV Studios recognizes our ongoing dedication to share their content with our wide customer base.”

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“FilmRise has done an impeccable job of reaching audiences and successfully monetizing many of ITV Studios’ most popular titles in the rapidly evolving digital content ecosystem,” Kaplan said in a statement. “They continue to provide viewers with a myriad of access points to easily discover and enjoy our programs for free. We are thrilled to meaningfully expand our long-standing collaboration with such a respected partner.”

FilmRise Partners With Samsung TV Plus for European Distribution

FilmRise, the New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network, Dec. 11 announced a deal with Samsung TV Plus Europe to distribute its catalog content channels to ad-supported connected Samsung TVs and Galaxy devices across Europe.

The content channels include “Andromeda,” “Forensic Files,” “FilmRise Free Series,” and “Highway to Heaven,” among others. Initial territories in the deal include the Nordics, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Italy, with additional foreign territories pending.

“This partnership not only marks the debut of FilmRise content on connected [Samsung] devices in this region, but also showcases the versatility of our extensive library,” Daniel Gagliardi, VP, digital distribution and business development for FilmRise, said in a statement.

The deal was negotiated by Alejandro Veciana, senior manager, international digital distribution, at FilmRise and Cristina Sala at Samsung TV Plus Italy.

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FilmRise Partners With Lunar X for Rights to Theorist Video Libraries

FilmRise, the New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network, has partnered with Lunar X for the rights to the Theorist Inc. video libraries, which include the YouTube channels Game Theory, Film Theory, Food Theory and Style Theory.

FilmRise, under its Creator Partner Program, secured the rights to repackage and distribute the libraries, which carry a combined YouTube subscriber base of more than 40 million, for distribution on all free and pay TV, ad-supported streaming, AVOD and SVOD platforms in all English-speaking territories including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

The deal further expands the FilmRise Creator Partner Program, designed to deliver new audiences and global revenue streams to creators. 

Each “Theorist” library is comprised of scientific analyses of the topics at hand. Creator and host Matthew Patrick, aka MatPat, has been nominated for 16 Streamy Awards (winning in the Gaming category for The Film Theorists channel in 2016, Editing in 2017, and for Gaming and Writing, respectively, in 2019 and 2021). He hosted The Streamy Awards program in 2023.

“Acquiring the Theorist Inc. libraries marks a significant milestone in our journey towards becoming the premier distributor in the digital creator universe,” Max Einhorn, FilmRise SVP of acquisitions and co-productions, said in a statement. “By embracing their exceptional creativity and captivating content we are also strengthening our reputation as the go-to destination for distributing groundbreaking and cutting-edge digital entertainment to streaming platforms worldwide.”

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The Game Theory library delves into the lore of popular video game franchises (both indie and mainstream) such as Minecraft, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and Mario to solve hidden mysteries, educate its audience about math and science, and generally teach viewers to question what they think they know. Game Theory joins a host of other gaming-centric creators that have signed on to be a part of FilmRise’s Creator Partner Program, including creators of LazarBeam, ShanePlays, PrestonPlayz, UnspeakablePlays and Jschlatt.

Film Theory unearths secrets of the beloved movies and TV shows that define pop culture, tackling a variety of theories and long-standing debates about everything from Disney classics to contemporary blockbusters.

The Food Theory video library takes a bite out of anything and everything food related. MatPat takes viewers on a culinary journey from busting food myths and sharing consumer hacks to tackling food challenges and divulging the sometimes-dark backstories of our favorite food mascots.

Style Theory covers the broad topic of style from every angle, approaching beauty as a science and includes, among other content, videos ranging from deep dives into the feasibility of using a stiletto as a weapon, to explaining popular trends, to observing the evolution of Halloween costumes over time.

FilmRise has scheduled the AVOD and FAST release of three seasons of Film Theory and three seasons of Game Theory for mid-December 2023.

FilmRise Picks Up Rights to Western Anthology Series ‘Death Valley Days’

New York City-based studio and streaming network FilmRise has acquired exclusive worldwide digital media rights to the Western anthology series “Death Valley Days.”

FilmRise will distribute the fully restored series across all major streaming platforms as well as on The FilmRise Streaming Network, including the FilmRise Western FAST Channel.

Included are episodes featuring Ronald Reagan, who hosted the program from 1964 to 1966, marking his final work as an actor prior to pursuing his career in politics. The deal includes all 452, 25-minute episodes across 18 seasons, running from 1952 to 1970.

“This timeless TV series holds immense appeal to both mainstream audiences in the U.S. and beyond,” Max Einhorn, FilmRise SVP of acquisitions and co-productions, said in a statement. “We have witnessed the remarkable success of westerns like ‘The Rifleman,’ ‘Hopalong Cassidy,’ ‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,’ and others which have captivated viewers for decades. We firmly believe that this classic series, featuring iconic talent, will strike a chord with audiences intrigued by the rich history of the Old West.”

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“’Death Valley Days’ stands out as the most successful syndicated television Western series, reigning as the most prosperous and enduring half-hour format of its genre,” Roger Biff Johnson Jr. of Element5 said in a statement. “It’s remarkable longevity and acclaim make it the most successful scripted syndicated series of all time. We are thrilled to announce its availability for streaming audiences worldwide, ushering in a new era of appreciation for this iconic show.”

Originating on the radio in the 1930s, the series features true accounts of the American Old West, specifically in the Death Valley area of Southeastern California. In addition to former President Ronald Reagan, hosts of the series included Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor and Dale Robertson. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Fess Parker were all guest stars of the series, which was originally sponsored by “20 Mule Team” Borax, a product that was mined in Death Valley.

FilmRise Secures Global Streaming Rights to ‘The Wiggles’

FilmRise, the New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network, Oct. 17 announced an exclusive worldwide distribution deal (ex. Australia and New Zealand) with “The Wiggles,” the venerable Australian children’s entertainment group.

The Wiggles are known for their music and videos that have captivated, educated, and enchanted children aged 2-5 across the globe for the past three decades, selling more than 30 million record albums and DVDs.

The deal, which was announced at the MIPCOM confab in Cannes, France, was negotiated by Katherine Weinstein, manager of acquisitions at FilmRise, and longtime publicist Jill Goldstein, founder, JGPR.

The agreement includes all digital rights, including ad-supported VOD and free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) to more than 80 hours of the classic “Wiggles” TV series that aired from 1998 through 2012, and feature original cast members Jeff Fatt (the purple Wiggle), Anthony Field (blue), Greg Page (yellow), and Murray Cook (red).

“We are sharing The Wiggles’ enchanting world with children across various territories through diverse forms of home entertainment,” Weinstein said in a statement.

Luke Field, GM of The Wiggles, said the partnership with FilmRise translates into a robust distribution arm and a talented marketing team supporting [the brand] “every step of the way”.

Indeed, the content package includes some of The Wiggles’ first TV programs created in 1998, in addition to numerous hour-long specials. Notable songs include “Fruit Salad, Yummy, Yummy,” “Hot Potato,” and “Do The Monkey.”

Prime Video is currently streaming the documentary Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles, which takes a behind the scenes look at the group’s enduring legacy.

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FilmRise Licenses AVOD and FAST Rights to Select Content to CW Free Streaming Service

The New York City-based film and TV studio and streaming network FilmRise has licensed U.S. AVOD and FAST rights to more than 1,500 hours of select content to The CW’s free streaming service.

The deal consists of 429 episodes across 11 different series and four movies, including 14 seasons of Canada’s longest running one-hour scripted drama “Heartland,” Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” and the comedy-drama superhero series “The Greatest American Hero,” among other titles. Also included in the deal is Season 13 of “Forensic Files” which consists of 50 episodes.

“These properties have gained immense popularity across various AVOD and FAST channels on multiple platforms,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring them to CW’s streaming audiences. Our objective has always been to offer viewers everywhere the streaming content they desire, free of charge. This partnership with The CW enables us to stay true to that goal.”

“CW is focused on delivering the best content and experience to our streaming audiences,” Ashley Hovey, chief digital officer at The CW, said in a statement. “In addition to our hundreds of hours of original programming, we are partnering with FilmRise to bring an extensive collection of highly sought-after content to allow our users to access more content in one place.”

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Other properties in the deal include “The War of the Worlds,” “On Death Row,” “ReGenesis” and “Flash Gordon.” The movies included are The Heartland Christmas, American Hero, Giantess Attack: Year Zero and Videoverse: Mix Tape.

FilmRise Expands Streaming Distribution With Samsung TV Plus

FilmRise, the New York City-based film and television studio and streaming network, has expanded its distribution deal with Samsung TV Plus, the South Korean consumer electronics giant’s ad-supported streaming platform for Samsung connected TV owners.

The new pact adds 600 hours of programming, including 19 TV series and more than 120 movies to up the platform’s portfolio of FilmRise content to 3,134 hours. Content includes “Heartland,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares” and “21 Jump Street,” among other titles.

“We were one of the first studios to partner with Samsung TV Plus and we are delighted to build upon our successful partnership by continuing to usher in an even larger array of fresh and highly engaging free content on FAST and AVOD for their users to indulge in,” Melissa Wohl, SVP, head of content sales for FilmRise, said in a statement.

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