FilmRise has sealed a deal with Pursuit Productions for the acquisition of 86 hours of true crime programming to distribute them in their digital platforms. The deal includes the five seasons of “World’s Wildest Police Videos,” hosted by John Bunnell, 8 hours from the “World’s Scariest Police Chases" series, and the hour-long special “World’s Scariest Police Stings.” Also included in the deal are two volumes of “Code Red,” the television specials “Getting a Ticket in America,” “Riots: Mobs Out of Control,” and “Special Forces” in addition to specific volumes of “Surviving the Moment of Impact.”
Max Einhorn, SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for FilmRise states, “World’s Wildest Police Videos’ was an important pillar in network and cable programming, helping to launch America’s obsession with reality TV. The genius format of the show also undoubtedly inspired a new generation of ‘caught on camera’ producers and digital creators. As FilmRise’s mission is to carry-forward the traditional TV experience into the free streaming world, ‘World’s Wildest Police Videos’ is sure to remain a pillar of what we love to watch.”
Paul Stojanovich, Jr., CEO of Pursuit Productions comments, “This is an exciting partnership for us. We’ve seen the success FilmRise has had in the global market with similar programs in the true crime genre and have no doubt that they will expand our domestic and international audience reach immensely.”
“World’s Wildest Police Videos,” caught the attention of viewers when it premiered on Fox in 1997 as reality TV was just taking off. It aired for three seasons and many years more in syndication. Its fifth season revival in 2012 brought back John Bunnell, a retired police officer and former sheriff in Oregon, as narrator. The police videos were shot in the U.S. and around the world – often shocking and outrageous footage of high-speed car chases that turn deadly, bank robberies gone wrong, out-of-control riots, international hostage holdu ps and much more.
As FilmRise’s mission is to carry-forward the traditional TV experience into the free streaming world, ‘World’s Wildest Police Videos’ is sure to remain a pillar of what we love to watch. ” Max Einhorn SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for FilmRise