via press release:
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY WELCOMES EMMY AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST CHRIS HANSEN TO NETWORK IN NEW SERIES
A Co-Production with ITN Productions, KILLER INSTINCT WITH CHRIS HANSEN To Premiere Exclusively on Investigation Discovery in 3Q 2015
(Pasadena, Cal.) –Journalist Chris Hansen is no stranger to crime investigations. Having won eight Emmy awards for investigative reporting, outstanding coverage of a news story and outstanding coverage of breaking news, Hansen’s reports have stirred interest in both national and international issues. But his award-winning, breakthrough investigative reporting involving online sexual predators for DATELINE NBC exposed hundreds of men who targeted young teenagers over the Internet. In Investigation Discovery’s (ID) new six-part series, Hansen goes into the field to take an in-depth look at some of America’s most horrific crimes, talking to people closest to the crimes that have shocked a nation and forever changed lives. Produced for ID by ITN Productions, KILLER INSTINCT WITH CHRIS HANSENwill premiere on ID in 3Q 2015.
“Investigation Discovery is thrilled to bring Chris Hansen’s journalistic expertise and passion for the truth to our viewers,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel and Discovery Life Channel. “Chris and our partners at ITN Productions are working hard to produce an investigative newsmagazine that will draw in the viewer and make them feel as if they are right there in the moment – living every jolt and shock as the criminal drama unfolds. That is what Chris does best, and we look forward to what will unfold in KILLER INSTINCT.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of this compelling project. This is reporting the way I like it…in the field, gritty and aggressive,” said Hansen. “We’ll bring viewers with us on our journey of discovery as we explore captivating cases with interviews from those who have never spoken before. I have been a reporter for more than 30 years and this is some of the most fascinating television I have ever helped produce.”
“Human relationships and their fallibility are at the heart of all these stories,” said Ian Russell, Head of International Programmes at ITN Productions. “Chris is an expert at extracting new information and new emotions from the main participants to bring new insight to these infamous cases.”
KILLER INSTINCT is a co-production between Investigation Discovery and ITN Productions. For ID, Diana Sperrazza is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, Discovery Family Channel and Discovery Life Channel. For ITN Productions, Ian Russell is executive producer and Dick Bower is series producer.
About ITN Productions
ITN Productions is ITN’s bespoke production hub producing creative and commercially valuable content for the broadcast, corporate, commercial, and digital sectors. Clients include major UK and international broadcasters such as ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Smithsonian, A+E, History and Discovery. International commissions include Campus Killer Santa Barbara for A & E US & C4,Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave for Smithsonian and The disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 for over 20 international broadcasters. UK commissions include political panel show The Agenda on ITV, Harrow – A Very British School on Sky1, Young Vets on BBC2, Paul Connolly Investigates for Channel 5, and a contract to produce Dispatches for Channel 4.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television and America’s favorite “guilty pleasure.” From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries that result, ID challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 84 million U.S. households with viewer favorites that include On the Case with Paula Zahn; Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda; Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?; Disappeared;Stalked: Someone’s Watching; and Redrum. For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories.