Jerry Bruckheimer Television has a new true crime series in the works as part of a partnership with Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. announced plans today for “Sports Illustrated: True Crime” (working title).
“Inspired by the recently launched and highly-acclaimed SI True Crime investigation franchise, the partners are developing a long-form series that investigates the complicated truths and realities of athletes involved in criminal activity and misdeeds,” the company said in its announcement. “The venture, soon to commence discussions with potential distribution partners, will have the added benefit of multi-platform editorial support from SI and Time Inc.”
Said Bruckheimer: “It’s always so exciting to develop new creative partnerships, and we are really thrilled to collaborate with Time Inc. and Sports Illustrated on what we feel is the next step in our continuing efforts to bring crime drama to the next level on television.”
Bruckheimer’s company has been behind not only the thriving “CSI” franchise on CBS, but also the network’s long-running reality competition series “The Amazing Race.” Jerry Bruckheimer TV recently debuted “Training Day” on CBS and “Lucifer” on Fox.
Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed will be executive producers on the new project, along with Time Inc./Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Chris Stone, Jon Wertheim and Josh Oshinsky.
Gersh, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Time Inc., commented in the announcement: “We are excited to work with Jerry and his outstanding team as we continue to expand the Sports Illustrated brand of storytelling. This is another example of the incredible strength and trust of Sports Illustrated, and the opportunities we are capitalizing upon to extend the brand to new audiences.”
The announcement adds: “This deal represents the latest in long-form programming from Time Inc. which has a record number of projects under way including a two-night, four hour documentary on Princess Diana for ABC; ‘People Icons’ for ABC; the hit ‘People Magazine Investigates’ for Investigation Discovery; Time’s ‘The Mars Generation’ for Netflix; ‘Beyond a Year in Space.’ the sequel to the Emmy-nominated ‘Year in Space,’ produced in partnership with PBS; ‘The Making of SI Swimsuit 2017’ for DirecTV Now; and ‘Puppy Bowl: Where Are They Now’ for Animal Planet.”