London – DCD Rights CEO Nicky Davies Williams announced that new factual crime series Swipe Right for Murder (w/t) has gone into production. The series is the first of a slate of co-production projects for DCD Rights which aims to increase its output to five a year. Produced by award-winning UK indie Popkorn, Swipe Right for Murder (w/t) is a co-production between UKTV’s Really Channel, Australia’s Seven Network, MediaWorks New Zealand and DCD Rights.
Rory Wheeler, Managing Director, Popkorn said, “Nowadays it’s necessary to have financing and commitment from a number of sources to get programming greenlit and, as we all know, putting together a multi-national co-production is time-consuming and complex. Having DCD Rights on board has allowed us to do what we do best – concentrate on the creativity – while their team handles the myriad relationships and business aspects involved.”
Following the successful international pick up of crime series Nurses Who Kill and Stalkers Who Kill produced by FirstLookTV, it was also announced today that DCD Rights will debut a second series of Nurses Who Kill as part of its factual slate at MIPTV. The series is currently in production and will air on UKTV’s Really Channel later this year.
Will Hanrahan, producer at FirstLookTV, described the relationship with DCD Rights as “Problem-solving on behalf of broadcasters at its best”, adding, “FirstLook has now made hundreds of hours of award-winning, popular crime programming so the broadcasters trust our content – with the DCD Rights relationship we make it affordable for them as well as high quality.
With the increased demand from DCD’s key network partners for market tailored series, DCD Rights intends to marry this with its support for independent producers looking for management and commercial help by raising finance and delivering series to its broadcaster and multi-platform partners.
Nicky Davies Williams commented, “We are very pleased to be growing our long-term relationships with producers and working with them to develop their business. As an experienced, full service distributor and through innovative co-production partnerships we are able to co-ordinate and deliver the necessary investment and support to help enable projects to be realised for our network of broadcasters.”