Monthly Archives: March 2015

Rich Ross Unveils First Discovery Channel Programming Plans – Upfronts

GOLD RUSH – Friday night’s number one show for men is coming back for its sixth season. Next season will be all about the gold…and family. The entire Hoffman family – Todd Hoffman, his son Hunter, his wife Shauna, Jack Hoffman and his wife Georgia – will return to the Klondike to get McKinnon Creek up and running only to soon head out on a mining adventure that dates back to the original Gold Rush of 1898. Parker Schnabel earned $3 million in gold last season but as he turns 21 he’s decided to get back to basics, to treat his crew with more dignity and above all, to have more fun. Without his trusty foreman, Gene Cheeseman, Parker and his faithful friend, Rick Ness, will finally have the freedom to run the mine their way. And as usual, Parker will surround himself with his much loved family – including

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Upfronts: Investigation Discovery Sets ‘Serial Thriller’ as First Scripted Miniseries

Add Investigation Discovery to the list of cablers venturing into scripted programming. The Discovery Communications channel dedicated to true-crime fare has set “Serial Thriller” as its first narrative miniseries.

The three-part series about a community terrorized by a serial killer is set to bow this summer and will be distributed internationally as a theatrical release. The project hails from the U.K.’s October Films and writer-director Jamie Crawford.

Matt Robins, Steve Murphy and Lindsay Shapero are exec producers.

“ ‘Serial Thriller’ is truly a tentpole series for ID with the exciting new scripted serial format that enhances our already suspenseful programming,” said ID chief Henry Schleiff, group president at Discovery.

“Serial Thriller” was unveiled as part of Discovery Communication’s upfront presentation Tuesday in Manhattan.

Read more at: http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/investigation-discovery-serial-thriller-first-scripted-miniseries-1201463309/

Investigation Discovery Orders First Scripted Program ‘Serial Thriller’ (Exclusive)

Investigation Discovery is getting into the scripted game.

The Discovery Communications-owned cable channel is releasing Serial Thriller, a ripped-from-the-headlines miniseries looking at a community terrorized by serial killer. The three-episode, hourlong series delves into untold stories of the residents and victims, as well as the detectives investigating the killer as they attempt to catch him before he strikes again.

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Based on a real serial killer, the miniseries is slated for a summer 2015 premiere.

Investigation Discovery is not revealing the name of the serial killer portrayed in the series, but expects that viewers may be able to figure it out before the onscreen detectives do as they watch. Henry Schleiff, group president at Discovery, says the killer is among the most notorious in U.S. history, not only because of the number of people he killed, but also “the number of times he escaped from

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Retired officer reflects on Dolana Clark case

On Sunday, Investigation Discovery aired “Little Girl Gone,” an episode of the cable television series “Unusual Suspects” detailing the disappearance and subsequent murder investigation into the death of Dolana Clark, a 9-year-old girl who vanished from Great Falls in 1988.

Comments on the Tribune’s website included numerous accounts from those who remembered Dolana in life, and from those who were shocked by court testimony that detailed the circumstances of the spunky little girl’s death.

“It scared the hell out of the community because she just disappeared,” said retired Great Falls Police Department Detective John Cameron. “When

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‘Vanity Fair Confidential’ Lands Season 2 Order From Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery has ordered a second season of “Vanity Fair Confidential,” the true-crime docu series featuring investigative reporting drawn from the magazine.

The debut of “Confidential” in January was well timed to tap into the appetite for deep-dive documentaries on crime stories, as evidenced by the success of the podcast “Serial” and HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” “Confidential” also tackled the Durst story this month thanks to the magazine’s earlier reporting on the real estate scion suspected in two unsolved murders.

“The pages of Vanity Fair establish a cultural filter to even the most sensational stories, and we are delighted to announce the renewal of the series as an ode to this unique partnership between Conde Nast and ID, which extends the Vanity Fair brand from its illustrious pages to its television home on ID,” said Henry Schleiff, who oversees ID

Read more at: http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/vanity-fair-confidential-season-2-robert-durst-investigation-discovery-1201462362/

‘Vanity Fair Confidential’ Renewed at Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery wants more from Vanity Fair.

The Discovery Communications-owed cable channel has greenlighted a second season of the magazine’s debut TV series, Vanity Fair Confidential. The second season of the co-production from True Entertainment, Conde Nast Entertainment and ID, set to premiere in 2016, will once again comb through the publication’s archives for TV-worthy investigative pieces to bring to the small screen.

“Without any doubt, there is simply no publication in print that has more deservedly established itself over the years as the quintessential source of long-form, investigative journalism,” said Henry Schleiff, a Discovery Group president who oversees the network, in a statement announcing the news Monday.

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He added: “The pages of Vanity Fair establish a cultural filter to even the most sensational stories, and we are delighted to announce the

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Cable network to air program on Great Falls murder

On Sunday, the cable television program “Unusual Suspects” will premiere “Little Girl Gone,” an episode detailing the murder of 9-year-old Dolana Clark, who disappeared from Great Falls in 1988.

Interviews of law enforcement, prosecutors and witnesses connected to her murder investigation were all conducted in Great Falls.

Friends and family last saw Dolana riding her sister’s bicycle down 25th Street South at about 5:30 p.m. Aug 2. Despite an extensive search, it was more than a year before the little girl’s remains were found by a

Read more at: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2015/03/26/cable-network-air-program-great-falls-murder/70504606/

Murderous character walks among Frederick’s unsuspecting library patrons

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Murderous character walks among Frederick’s unsuspecting library patrons

Director of photography Thomas Jacobi, left, prepares to film a scene Thursday with actors Paul Allen and Rachel Hirshorn, who are portraying Stephen Stanko and Laura Ling. The production company Sirens Media was filming at C. Burr Artz Public Library for an Investigation Discovery program.

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Sony has created the Cadillac of pay TV. Would you pay $600 a year for it?

Sony has built the Cadillac plan of Internet TV: It’s big, it’s shiny and it’s expensive.

Sony launched its new PlayStation Vue streaming TV service on Wednesday featuring a 55-channel bundle that includes shows from three major broadcast networks — although notably lacks ESPN.

Vue comes along just as the Internet TV market has begun to take off. Dish’s Sling TV, one of the first “over the top” (OTT) bundles of channels to hit the market, reportedly logged 100,000 sign-ups in its first month. Apple is also reportedly working on an Internet TV service.

Rich Greenfield, media and tech analyst for BTIG Research, said Vue represented the most recent of many steps toward breaking the dominance of cable providers.

“The bundling is coming unhinged right in front of our eyes,” he said in an email to Mashable.

The basic plan comes at a premium price of $49.99 per month, or $600

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2015/03/18/sony-playstation-vue/