Vanity Fair has covered some of the most fascinating crimes and dramas of our age, shedding light on everything from salacious sex scandals to cold-blooded murder. In the exclusive new series VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL (12×60), created by Emmy-winning True Entertainment, Vanity Fair is opening up its vaults to Investigation Discovery (ID). Offering unprecedented access to the magazine’s writers and editors, VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTAL takes viewers to the heart of some of the most controversial dramas in history – dramas centered at the cross section of power, wealth and celebrity. ID presents the world premiere of the all-new series VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL tonight, January 19 at 9/8c.
“Investigation Discovery is thrilled to partner with Vanity Fair on their first ever exclusive television series. With some of the best writers in the world on their masthead, Vanity Fair brings a sophisticated
Investigation Discovery is immersed in the true-crime business, which requires a bit of searching for appropriately salacious material. Based on this premiere, the channel has found it in “Vanity Fair Confidential,” a series that draws upon the magazine’s reporting to create a slick TV product, assembled (happily enough) without the dramatic recreations that have become so common within the form. Mixing video and interviews, including extensive use of the story’s reporter, the result is a fast-moving yarn on the order of CBS’ “48 Hours,” with the requisite pacing, narration and music to elevate the sense of drama.
The opening case, “The Runaway Doctor,” from Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger, is certainly a whale of a tale, dealing with a successful doctor, Mark Weinberger, who mysteriously goes missing while on vacation with his wife, Michelle Kramer, on the Greek island of Mykonos.
That expansion is set to continue in 2015, with the network planning to expand to a total of 200 global markets.
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“Crime is universal,” said David M. Zaslav, chief executive of Discovery Communications, which owns the Investigation Discovery network. “The stories are set in an American town, but it could be anywhere.”
For Discovery, the growth of its true-crime network is part of a plan for international growth as ratings and revenue decline in the United States television market. Revenues in Discovery’s international business surpassed its domestic revenues for the first time in 2014, a trend that executives said was expected to grow as the group introduces other offerings abroad, like its Velocity network.