A+E Networks EMEA Bolsters Short-Form Slate


A+E Networks EMEA has commissioned a raft of new and returning short-form titles across the true-crime genre.

TikTok hair stylist James Busby has returned with a second season of Cut to the Crime, produced by Phoenix Television. The series sees Busby’s hairdresser chair act as a confessional for survivors of crime and reformed perpetrators, as guests share their stories and have their hair cut and styled.

Launching in October 2024, Listen to This is a five-part short-form series from Zig Zag, featuring true crime content creator Charley Bourne and comedy influencer Jack Taylor. In each episode, they open a new crime file.

Unbreakable, produced by Red Sauce, is a digital film and audio podcast series hosted by Nina Aouilk, a life coach and survivor of a childhood marked by extreme abuse. The six episodes are set to be released in November 2024.

Releasing in early 2025, True Crime Secrets is a new series from Particle6 that presents raw, unfiltered real-life crime stories told by those who experienced them firsthand.

All series will be available as a collection on Crime+Investigation Play and on-demand video from all major cable and satellite providers, with weekly releases on social media platforms.

Sam Pearson, head of short-form commissioning at A+E Networks EMEA, said, “With this fresh slate of short-form shows, we continue to build on our ambitious digital strategy with new talent and voices, impactful stories and a whole range of new entertainment formats that we hope audiences will love.”