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October Films wins first commission from Investigation Discovery US

Apr 11, 2013

Leading British producer October Films has won its first commission from US network Investigation Discovery for a new 10-hour drama documentary series about extreme obsessions.

Obsession: Dark Desires (10x60’) is a drama-documentary series which tells the intimate and powerfully emotional stories of people who have suffered as victims of an extreme obsession by a stalker. With visceral drama, moving victim testimony and insight from forensic psychologists, the series provides a window into the horrifying true stories of how victims' lives can be shattered by people and circumstances completely beyond their control.

Obsession: Dark Desires was commissioned by Jane Latman for Investigation Discovery. It is executive produced by Jeanie Vink for ID. Alex Sutherland, Matt Robins and Denman Rooke are co-execs for October Films. The series will be distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights as part of a first look deal giving Cineflix Rights worldwide rights to all of October’s new programming.

Matt Robins, October's Head of Development, who devised and secured the deal said: “We’re thrilled to continue our push into US factual with a series that embodies October’s passion for finding incredible stories in surprising places. At the heart of Obsession are people who have experienced chilling and terrifying encounters. We want to reflect the sheer horror of these life-changing events with gripping and moving drama-documentaries. I’m pleased to say we are working with the best talent in the field to deliver on what is a very exciting promise. This is the first new series October will distribute through Cineflix Rights and we believe our distinctive approach to crime programming will attract attention around the world.”

"ID is the only network in the US devoted to real-life stories of mystery and suspense and we're excited to partner with October Films on this new series we know our audience will love,” said Jane Latman, senior vice president of development, Investigation Discovery. "Stalking is such an important issue and October Films will expertly profile the courage and tenacity of the victims to give viewers a visceral portrayal of survivors' harrowing experiences."

October Films is one of the UK’s most prestigious television producers. With an expanding client base across the world, October’s recent productions include acclaimed documentaries such as World War II from Space (History) and Letting Go (BBC One), innovative science/history crossover series Back from the Dead (Channel 4/National Geographic), the enduringly popular factual entertainment series Rube Tube (Channel 4) and returning popular science series You Have Been Warned (Discovery Channel).

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, a division of Cineflix Media Inc., is a leading, independent UK television content distributor with a catalogue of more than 3200 hours of established, returning series and fresh content that is successfully building broadcasters’ schedules worldwide. The Company’s roster of factual and scripted in-house and third-party programmes from 50 producer partners covers a wide breadth of genres including crime and investigation, history, home and design, lifestyle, science, wildlife and natural history, as well as formats.  Founded in 2002 and headquartered in London, Cineflix Rights has sales teams in the UK and North America.

For more information, contact Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for October Films/Cineflix Rights): mark@ohcommunications.co.uk; t: +44 (0) 7789 981 561

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