UKTV has sealed a deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to TNT’s reality series Cold Justice, which hails from veteran Hollywood producer Dick Wolf who created the Law & Order franchise and, more recently, NBC’s drama series Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.
Cold Justice follows former Texas Prosecutor, Kelly Siegler, and former crime scene investigator, Yolanda McClary, as they travel across the US helping law enforcement agencies solve violent crimes which have sat unsolved for too long. Between them they have worked on more than 7,000 cases. Each week the pair set fresh eyes over old evidence, using their incredible interrogation skills and advances in technology to uncover the truth behind crimes that happened years, or even decades previously. The series is produced by Wolf Films & Magical Elves with Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer.
UKTV’s deal with Endemol, which was brokered by UKTV’s Acquisitions and Co-Productions Manager Emma Sparks and Endemol Worldwide Distribution’s Sales Director for the UK & Eire Gisela Asimus-Minnbergh, covers both the first and second seasons of the series. The 8 episode first season of Cold Justice is slated to premiere on Really this March.
Cold Justice is the latest of TNT’s crime themed reality series to land at UKTV; with such programmes being part of a genre that the multi-channel broadcaster is now targeting. The commercial network also previously picked up TNT’s Boston’s Finest – which is produced by Donnie Wahlberg – for their Watch channel. While UKTV is also home to a number of TNT’s scripted series including Rizzoli & Isles and King & Maxwell, the latter of which is set to premiere on Alibi on Wednesday March 5th at 9pm.
“We’re investing more in ‘real crime’ programming for the channel as the genre continues to attract viewers and stimulate a lot of conversation on our social platforms”, said Clare Laycock, General Manager of Really. “Recent successes such as I Survived Evil show Really viewers are highly engaged by exciting real life stories so I am confident they will be captivated by this gripping new show.”
While Cathy Payne, Chief Executive of Endemol Worldwide Distribution, added: “We are extremely pleased that Cold Justice has found a home on Really. We are sure that the UK audience will appreciate the outstanding work of Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary and the quality of this programme.”