ReelzChannel has closed a deal with Muse Distribution – the distribution arm of Canadian productions company Muse Entertainment, the production company behind Syfy’s Being Human – to acquire the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to a documentary about the assassintion of President John F. Kennedy titled JFK: The Smoking Gun, originally commissioned by Australia’s SBS channel. The documentary is being shopped to international buyers at MIPTV.
JFK: The Smoking Gun is a documentary which follows veteran police detective Colin McLaren, who spent four years on a forensic cold case investigation into JFK’s assassination. What he had, and other investigators did not, was modern technology and access to all the evidence, facts and eye-witness testimony. Now McLaren believe he has found the “smoking gun” and solved a 50 year old mystery. The documentary features dramatic re-enactments to take audiences back to that tragic day in Dallas at Dealey Plaza, to Parkland Hospital, where the president was pronounced dead; to the Bethesda Naval Hospital, where the autopsy was conducted; and to the conclusions of the Warren Commission, which remain controversial to this day. JFK: The Smoking Gun was written by Steve Lucas and produced by Muse Entertainment and Cordell/Jigsaw/Zapruder. Malcolm McDonald directed the documentary, with Michael Prupas and Simon Egan serving as executive producers.
This is the latest acquisition for Reelz, who are agressivley ramping up their originals slate. Just this past week, the network acquired Canadian drama series Cracked and recently acquired a package of five mini-series from Sonar Entertainment. Reelz is also home to another Muse production, Bomb Girls, and other drama series on the network include True Justice and XIII. The network is also developing an original mini-series about the Keenedy family from 1968 onwards titled After Camelot and has been desribed as a follow up to Reelz’s mini-series The Kennedys.