New York-based factual production company and channel provider Big Media is partnering with Mexico/Florida-based production company BTF Media to coproduce a true crime series based on the story of a serial killer who evaded authorities on both sides of the border for 30 years. “The Railroad Killer” (5x60’), which is being produced in both English and Spanish, has already been licensed by A+E Networks EMEA for broadcast in the UK.
The story showcases the life of Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, who committed dozens of murders in the United States and Mexico and remained undetected by illegally traveling on railroad cars of train lines that crossed Texas and the nation’s heartland, and from California to Florida. On various occasions he was captured and deported back to Mexico, where it has been estimated that he raped and killed over 60 women. His killing spree was so egregious that he eventually replaced Osama bin Laden as number one on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Viewers will follow the so-called train-hopping serial killer as he continued his murderous spree until a 31-year-old rookie Texas Ranger named Drew Carter put all the pieces together to capture him at last.
“BTF is an important player in the production arena in Latin America and US Hispanic markets. Partnering with them was vital to get the whole story of this horrendous criminal’s decades-long killing rampage as they were able to gain access to Mexican authorities while Big Media had access to American law enforcement. We are also excited to be producing this series in both English and Spanish, a first for us. While this will resonate with audiences in the United States and Latin America, it is also a story that viewers everywhere will find riveting,” noted Martin Kase, Co-founder and Head of Production at Big Media.
“Teaming with Big Media to produce this series in both English and Spanish continues the trend of big stories traveling across borders. Combining our production and research teams will create a really special series that will shock audiences across the globe,” commented Ricardo Coeto, Founder and Chief Creative Officer at BTF Media.
Big Media and BTF control the worldwide rights for this title, and Big Media will be showcasing the series at MIPTV this April. “The Railroad Killer” is available for licensing and other business models worldwide.