FilmRise Acquires Exclusive U.S. Digital Rights To Forensic Files
LONGEST RUNNING TRUE CRIME TELEVISION SERIES NEVER BEFORE RELEASED DIGITALLY
February 11, 2014 --
NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --FilmRise is pleased to announce the acquisition of exclusive U.S. digital distribution rights from Medstar Television to the critically-acclaimed and highly successful television series Forensic Files. The longest running true crime series on television is a pioneer in the field of fact-based, high-tech, dramatic storytelling, consisting of 14 seasons and seen in 150 countries worldwide. Its popularity is attested by over 637,000 fans on the show's Facebook page - and in the most recent episode of HBO's hit show Girls, Shoshana complains that Jessa sits around all day watching Forensic Files.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make this hugely popular show available online for the first time," said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. "We believe the show's loyal fans will appreciate watching their favorite episodes of Forensic Files whenever they want, catch up on episodes they may have missed and that the audience to this groundbreaking series will expand through its digital release."
"Forensic Files delves into the world of forensic science, profiling intriguing crimes, accidents, and outbreaks of disease from around the world. Coroners, medical examiners, physicians, law enforcement personnel and legal experts seek solutions to puzzling, often baffling cases whose riddles are ultimately solved by forensic detection.
The show, produced by Medstar Television, has broadcast over 400 episodes since its debut on TLC in 1996 as Medical Detectives and subsequently renamed Forensic Files during its many years on Court TV and truTV. The digital distribution deal was brokered by Stuart Goldman of SGC.
FilmRise's titles are in release at Wal-Mart, on line through Amazon Disc on Demand, and digitally on Amazon Prime, Netflix Instant Watch, iTunes, Hulu, VUDU, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Fandor, SnagFilms, Vutopia, Popcornflix and others. FilmRise is also releasing select films theatrically and licensing to domestic television. The principals behind FilmRise are Alan Klingenstein, Danny Fisher and Jack Fisher. The company's acquisitions include television series such as WE tv's "Women Behind Bars," PBS' "The Big Comfy Couch," and Syfy's "Deals from the Darkside." Film titles include classics such as John Landis' "American Werewolf in London" and international cinema from Global Lens. FilmRise is opening "Hank and Asha" theatrically on April 11th. www.FilmRise.com
ABOUT MEDSTAR TELEVISION
In business since 1980, Medstar Television has provided innovative programming to broadcasters from major U.S. television networks, leading internet websites, regional cable networks and international programmers. Medstar helps clients connect with audiences through interesting and timely stories that not only inform but also capture the imagination of their viewers.
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