Australian production company WTFN announces "Police Strike Force" as its latest commission from Seven Network, following hot on the heels of "Code 1: Minute by Minute". Stephen Peters, WTFN’s head of development, who developed both shows and was executive producer for "Code 1: Minute by Minute", says: “We are delighted that the team at Seven Network has put such faith in us with these two new series, and we look forward to continuing this partnership and delivering further exciting new shows for its viewers."
"Police Strike Force" (to be marketed as "Strike Force") and "Code 1: Minute by Minute" are now being launched into the global TV market by Fred Media, the international distributor owned by WTFN. The series will jointly spearhead the company’s spring slate.
"Police Strike Force" (6x60), which is due to premiere on Channel 7 and 7plus from Wednesday 2nd March, tells the inside story of the most gripping, heart-stopping, tense and nerve-wracking police investigations, stings, and taskforce operations in recent memory, told by the men and women who broke each case and who were there when it all came crashing down. The series has been made in partnership with the New South Wales Police Force Public Affairs Branch and represents the first-ever time that an Australian police force has worked so hand-in-hand with a production company.
"Code 1: Minute by Minute" (8x60) breaks down the hours, minutes, and seconds of the biggest and most tragic recent news events to impact Australia and profiles the people from all walks of life who will forever be connected, just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. With each episode meticulously researched and dedicated to a different event, the programmes break down in forensic detail exactly how these people came to cross paths. One episode of "Code 1: Minute by Minute" aired at the end of 2021; the full series will be broadcast on Seven Network later this year.
“Access and relationships were important increasing both new series, but we are particularly indebted to the New South Wales Police who placed a huge amount of trust in WTFN and our ability to deliver a truly authentic programme that accurately reflects their work. No Australian police force has ever been quite so generous with their time and access to privileged materials, and we believe that this really shows on screen. We have created a dynamic and balanced series that puts viewers in the heart of the action like never before,” adds Stephen Peters.
Roger Vanderspikken, general manager of Fred Media adds: “WTFN’s ability to gain extraordinary access, work sympathetically with its subjects, and tell fascinating stories, has once again delivered uniquely Australian programming that will work well internationally. We have every confidence that 'Strike Force' and 'Code 1: Minute by Minute' will quickly resonate with global buyers and follow the overseas success of returning WTFN access series such as 'Paramedics' and 'Emergency.'"
WTFN’s ability to gain extraordinary access, work sympathetically with its subjects, and tell fascinating stories, has once again delivered uniquely Australian programming that will work well internationally” Roger Vanderspikken general manager of Fred Media