NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES – Sports Illustrated wants to bring crime stories about athletes to TV.
The magazine, a division of Time Inc., is partnering with Jerry Bruckheimer TV (JBTV) to create a new series with the working title: Sports Illustrated: True Crime. Inspired by the recently launched and highly-acclaimed 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.
The venture, soon to commence discussions with potential distribution partners, will have the added benefit of multi-platform editorial support from SI and Time Inc.
Jerry Bruckheimer changed the landscape of television crime drama in 2000 with “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, which quickly became the number one show on television, as well as its spin-offs, “C.S.I.: Miami” and “C.S.I.: NY.”
“It’s always so exciting to develop new creative partnerships,” said Jerry Bruckheimer, “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.”
“We are excited to work with Jerry and his outstanding team as we continue to expand the Sports Illustrated brand of storytelling.” commented Bruce Gersh, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Time Inc. “This is another example of the incredible strength and trust of Sports Illustrated, and the opportunities we are capitalizing upon to extend the brand to new audiences.”
Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed will be Executive Producers. For Time Inc./Sports Illustrated it is: Gersh, Ian Orefice, Chris Stone, Jon Wertheim and Josh Oshinsky.
This deal represents the latest in long-form programming from Time Inc. which has a record number of projects underway including a two-night, four hour documentary on Princess Diana for ABC; “People Icons” for ABC; the hit “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.
Jerry Bruckheimer Television is one of the most successful production companies in the history of the medium, with innovative and powerful storytelling establishing new benchmarks in programming excellence. Jerry Bruckheimer Television’s series have included C.S.I.: Crime SceneInvestigation, C.S.I.: Miami, C.S.I.: NY, Cold Case, Without A Trace, Lucifer, Training Day and the ten-time Emmy Award winner The Amazing Race. In the 2005-6 season Jerry Bruckheimer Television had a record-breaking 10 series on network television, a feat unprecedented in nearly 60 years of television history. Jerry Bruckheimer Television shows have garnered 130 Emmy Award nominations and 23 wins.