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After discovering an upswing in North American business UK independent multi-platform factual content distributor Orange Smarty has announced the first sales of true-crime series The Real Prime Suspect.
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US network REELZ has acquired the 10 x 60’ series which is fronted by Jackie Malton, a former Met Police Officer and one of the first female members of Scotland Yard’s legendary Flying Squad. The series follows Malton, who inspired Helen Mirren’s character in Lynda La Plante’s iconic drama Prime Suspect, as she re-examines 10 notorious UK and US murder cases, from the discovery of the crime to conviction.

Originally commissioned by CBS Reality, The Real Prime Suspect is produced by UK-based Monster Films, with Orange Smarty as associate producer. It represents the first significant investment in an original commission by the Brighton-based distributor, which holds the global rights, excluding the UK, Africa and Poland, to the show which has also been licenced by YLE in Finland and Foxtel in Australia.

“These deals are particularly satisfying as we all know the US market is a tough nut to crack and is the nirvana of territories in terms of eyeballs and healthy return on investment,” remarked Orange Smarty founder and CEO Karen Young. “With the relationships we’ve carefully built over the years in the US we know what to pitch and exactly when and this strategy has certainly paid off. The sheer quality in our primetime UK terrestrial factual entertainment catalogue speaks for itself.”

In other activity in North America, Orange Smarty has also sold ITN Productions’ (1 x 46) Kate Vs. Meghan: Princesses at War to TLC (Discovery) and William and Harry: Princes at War? (1 x 46) to CBC Canada for The Passionate Eye; I Hate Jane Austen (1 x45) and Michael Palin in North Korea (2 x 45) to The Knowledge Network.