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Time’s Sports Illustrated and Jerry Bruckheimer TV to develop ‘Sports Illustrated: True Crime’ series

MUMBAI: Time’s Sports Illustrated (SI) and Jerry Bruckheimer TV (JBTV), have formed a development partnership to create a new series, ‘Sports Illustrated: True Crime’ (working title).

Inspired by the recently launched ‘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.

Soon to commence discussions with potential distribution partners, the venture will have the added benefit of multi-platform editorial support from SI and Time. Jerry Bruckheimer Television impacted the landscape of television crime drama in 2000 with ‘C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation’ and then with its spin-offs, ‘C.S.I.: Miami’ and ‘C.S.I.: NY’.

 “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,” said Jerry Bruckheimer.

“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 capitalising upon to extend the brand to new audiences,” commented Time senior VP, strategy and business development Bruce Gersh.

This deal represents the latest in long-form programming from Time which has a record number of projects underway including a two-night, four hour documentary on Princess Diana for ABC; ‘People Icons’ for ABC; ‘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.