Born To Kill is on the move
UKTV’s entertainment channel Really has secured the exclusive UK rights to the latest season of the real crime franchise produced by Twofour. The series, which previously aired on Channel 5, will launch on Really later this year with its sixth season.
Born To Kill is a true crime series which takes an in-depth look at the childhood and formative years of serial killers. In addition to a long and succesful run on C5, the Twofour produced series has also proved to be a hit on the international market, having been licensed to close to 100 broadcasters worldwide including Investigation Discovery in the United States.
The deal to bring the latest season of Born To Kill to UKTV was brokered by UKTV’s Acquisitions and Co-Productions Manager Emma Sparks. In addition, UKTV has also reached a deal with TCB Rights for Murder: Did They Do It? and I Fell For a Psychopath – both of which will also air on Really.
“We’re delighted to have acquired such a fascinating series”, said UKTV’s Emma Sparks. “Previous episodes of the Born to Kill series have been very popular with our audience and it is great to be able to offer our UK audience brand new episodes exclusively on Really.”
The acquisition of all three series is part of a programming shift at Really which has been in the works for quite some time. That shift saw the channel move away from first run US scripted drama (thus dropping both Covert Affairs and Hart Of Dixie) in favour of more paranormal and real crime series.
Said programming shift has been a successful one with both real crime and paranormal programming boosting the ratings of the channel. Specifically, the audience figures for the channel’s Friday Night Crime block – in which Born To Kill, Murder: Did They Do It? and I Fell For a Psychopath will air – is up 12% for the first two months of 2015.
“It’s clear from performance that our crime formats intrigue and entice our audience”, added Emma Ayech, General Manager of Really. “We are thrilled to be adding to the breadth of Really’s programming, making it a destination point for crime formats.”