Investigation Discovery Inks Deal With James Patterson, Sets Police Documentary & More – TCA

Investigation Discovery has inked a development deal with author James Patterson, greenlighted Black and Blue, an hourlong documentary special about the current state of police affairs and race relations, and set the premiere date for documentary Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four. The announcements were made today at TCA.

Under Patterson’s deal, the Zoo author will write and executive produce a six-part, fully scripted series for the network. It will be based on true crime stories written for Patterson’s new line of novella-length stories, BookShots, thrillers available for under $5 and 150 pages or less—featuring mutually agreed-upon story topics. ID-branded BookShots will be released in conjunction with the on-air premiere of the series, set to debut on ID in 2017. Each episode will tackle a new true crime story following the first-hand experience of a given case’s key characters. In the end, viewers serve as the ultimate judge of right and wrong.

Developing the deal for Investigation Discovery are Jane Latman, senior vice president of development, Sara Kozak, senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett, general manager, and Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout will executive produce for James Patterson Entertainment.

Hourlong special Black and Blue features investigative reporting from Emmy-winning journalist Tony Harris. He will travel the country to reveal how police shootings impact African American families in their homes and communities across the U.S., while also giving viewers a first-hand look into what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer working to protect our not-so-united municipalities in these troubling times. The special is slated for premiere this fall.

Black and Blue is produced for ID by NBC News’ Peacock Productions with Elizabeth Fischer and Knute Walker as executive producers and Sharon Scott as President and General Manager. Lorna Thomas is exec producer for ID.

ID also set an October 15 premiere date for documentary Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four. The docu tells the story of four Latina lesbians were wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault and indecency against two young girls in San Antonio, TX, in 1994.

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