Wednesday 25 March, 2015
Multi-award winning broadcaster UKTV today announced it had acquired the UK exclusive for the latest series of crime franchise Born To Kill, for its entertainment channel, Really.
Born To Kill is the latest addition to Really's popular 'Friday Night Crime' programming which also includes Cold Justice and I Survived Evil.
Born To Kill is a British true crime TV series, taking an in-depth look at the childhood and formative years of serial killers and is made by Twofour. Series six will air on Really in May, 2015. The deal for Born To Kill was brokered by UKTV's Acquisitions and Co-Productions Manager, Emma Sparks and was ordered by Really's General Manager, Emma Ayech.
Really has also acquired a number of new shows in the crime genre including, Murder: Did They Do It? and I Fell For a Psychopath, both pre sales negotiated by TCB Media Rights. Each show has been re-titled for the British market having aired internationally as Did He Do It? and Handsome Devils respectively.
Emma Sparks, UKTV's Acquisitions and Co-Productions Manager, said,
We're delighted to have acquired such a fascinating series. 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.
Emma Ayech, General Manager, Really, said,
It's clear from performance that our crime formats intrigue and entice our audience. We are thrilled to be adding to the breadth of Really's programming, making it a destination point for crime formats.
The deal was brokered by Holly Hodges for Twofour Rights.
Really's Friday Night Crime has had a strong start to the year and in January-February it delivered an average audience up 12% on last year.
Overall Crime content attracted solid audience numbers to Really in 2014, reaching over 16m individuals across the year. It was also amongst 2014's top volume drivers with crime content accounting for four of Really's top 20 rating titles in 2014. Really enjoyed a strong start to 2015 with viewing in Jan and Feb growing 35% Year-on-Year.
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Figure Source: BARB/Techedge. Reach based on 3min consecutive viewing amongst All Individuals (4+). Jan to Dec 2014. Titles that aired more than once. Friday night Crime = Fridays 2000-2359, Jan-Feb 2015 v. Jan-Feb 2014
Sky 155, Virgin 267, Freeview 17, BT & TalkTalk 017 and On demand on UKTV Play
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