A+E Networks EMEA is expanding into the audio space by launching a lineup of true-crime podcasts, including Courtroom Drama.
Courtroom Drama, produced by ITN Productions, launched on November 15. The podcast follows as host Jackie Adedeji, along with her cast of voice actors and legal, social and psychological contributors, discuss several high-profile celebrity courtroom cases.
More podcasts in the lineup include a co-produced special pilot of Raphael Rowe’s Second Chance, featuring reformed criminal Stephen Mee, and Anatomy of a Stalker, produced by Cue Podcasts. They will launch on December 16 and January 17, respectively.
The new podcasts follow A+E Networks EMEA’s strategy of commissioning digital-first true-crime content from U.K. production companies to be aired on the company’s true-crime channel Crime+Investigation, streaming service Crime+Investigation Play and distributed across social media video and podcast platforms.
Rowe said, “I am excited to be working again with Crime+Investigation, this time both on- and off-screen. Crime+Investigation produces some fantastic content within the true crime genre, and my relationship with the channel is a testament to the quality content that they have delivered for 15 years, giving their incredible audience insight into the complex and intriguing world of true crime.”
Dan Korn, VP of programming at A+E Networks EMEA, commented, “Our goal is to bring our distinct creative storytelling beyond the screen and into people’s ears and headphones. These new releases will continue to offer an exciting opportunity to test innovative true crime formats and showcase compelling new storytelling techniques and talent in front of and behind the camera.”
Sam Pearson, head of digital media at A+E Networks EMEA, said: “We have been very successful in producing our podcasts in-house, and we are now thrilled to co-operate with production companies and new and returning talent. Courtroom Drama, Anatomy of a Stalker and Second Chance tackle topical themes that will be a hit with a range of true crime fans.”