NEW YORK and SILVER SPRING, MD — People Magazine Investigates, a partnership between cable network, Investigation Discovery (ID), and Time Inc.’s People magazine, has received an early renewal from ID for a second season. Drawing from the reporting of People’s award-winning and accomplished true crime editorial team, the series delves into extraordinary tales of ordinary people thrust into the national spotlight, reported by the leading crime journalists in the nation today. The series received a full 10-episode second season, expected to premiere in late 2017.
People Magazine Investigates has been a strong performer for ID, averaging more than 1.3 million viewers P2+ and becoming a cornerstone of the fall/winter schedule. The series hit a high point (L+3 to date) of 1.6 million for the December 26 episode, The Grim Sleeper.
We at ID are absolutely thrilled with both the performance of People Magazine Investigates and the unique partnership we’ve enjoyed with the terrific team of reporters and editors at People,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “The series quickly became one of our top performers this fall – with more than 13 million unique viewers sampling the series throughout its run to date – and we’re looking forward to exploring more cases of true life mysteries with the incredible editorial team at People.”
“The success of the show is a testament to the power of the People brand across all mediums; including long-form programming,” says Jess Cagle, Editor in Chief of People and Editorial Director of the Time Inc. Style and Entertainment Group. “ID’s smart, collaborative and strategic team is truly remarkable, and so is the impressive People staff, which brings People’s trusted storytelling and reporting expertise to all our platforms every day. I am so proud of my colleagues at People and grateful to ID for leveraging People’s valuable brand and talent so beautifully.”
(Photo above: People Editorial Director Jess Cagle with his People Magazine team.)
The first season of People Magazine Investigates took viewers to the heart of America’s most controversial crimes, featuring archival footage, recreations and interviews with key players in the investigations. From the Long Island Serial Killer case, where new updates were uncovered exclusively by People reporters; and the “Grim Sleeper,” where one of People’s journalists worked the case from the beginning, interviewing victims and families and connecting the killings that were occurring in Los Angeles; to the infamous MacDonald Family murders and more, People’s own trusted journalists divulged new facts while revealing the shocking twists and unexpected resolutions that occurred while they were investigating each emotionally riveting case.
People Magazine Investigates is produced for Investigation Discovery by Radley Studios and People Productions with Donnie Eichar, Brandon Hill, Chad Itskowitz for Radley and Jess Cagle, Dan Wakeford and JJ Miller serving as executive producers for People. For Investigation Discovery, Thomas Cutler is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Jane Latman is executive vice president of development, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.
Investigation Discovery cable network reaches 85 million households in the U.S.