Film and television distributor FilmRise today announced that it has acquired worldwide digital distribution rights to the highly successful, long-running television Unsolved Mysteries. The distributor will release episodes on digital and streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video beginning this month.
Unsolved Mysteries, which first appeared as standalone TV specials on NBC in 1987, was picked up as a regular series in 1988 and went on to spend more than 20 years on the air. After ten seasons on NBC, the show continued on CBS until 2002, featuring original host and enduring face of the series Robert Stack. When Unsolved Mysteries returned in 2008 with Dennis Farina (Law and Order) as host, mysteries from the original run were re-examined to reflect new findings. In the same tradition, many of the original, Robert Stack episodes have now been updated with crucial information about the status of those cases. FilmRise plans to release all episodes from both runs of the show.
Through interviews and reenactments, Unsolved Mysteries examined cold cases ranging from bizarre crimes and missing persons' reports to paranormal activity and historical events. Each episode includes several segments on different topics, and audiences were asked to call in with any new information that could help solve the cases presented on the show. Unsolved Mysteries became the first television series to encourage viewer interaction in this way, leading to breakthroughs in many cases - particularly with the "Missing," "Lost Love," and "Wanted Fugitives" categories.
Created and executive produced by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, the show was the recipient of several Emmy nominations and won approval from the FBI, US Marshals Service, and others for its contribution to law enforcement. "We're balancing two needs here," Robert Stack told the LA Times in 1990. "We're trying to produce theater and we're trying to do a public service."
"We're pleased to be releasing this celebrated series to a large audience of fans both old and new," said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. "Unsolved Mysteries is an American tradition that FilmRise is excited to preserve."
"Unsolved Mysteries has a long history of finding new audiences and we're thrilled that the series is being given yet another life by FilmRise," said Terry Meurer. "We know the series will expand further with their help and expertise."
The deal was negotiated between Fisher and FilmRise's VP of Acquisitions Max Einhorn with Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.
FilmRise is a film and TV distribution company founded by veteran producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein. With over 10,000 titles in a wide range of genres, the company's film acquisitions and releases include HBO’s multiple Emmy®-winning “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”; “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” produced by Oscar®-winner Alex Gibney; the acclaimed true crime documentary “The Witness”; and most recently, the controversial drama “White Girl.” Television titles include hit series such as Showtime’s Emmy®-winning “Years of Living Dangerously,” and the longest running true crime show on television “Forensic Files.” FilmRise’s recent acquisitions are two-time Academy Award®-nominee Julie Delpy’s “Lolo”; the Star Wars documentary “Elstree 1976”; “Five Nights in Maine,” starring Oscar®-winner Dianne Wiest, David Oyelowo, and Oscar®-nominee Rosie Perez; the buzzed-about horror-comedy “The Greasy Strangler”; the box office hit “Harry & Snowman”; and “Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago” in partnership with CNN Films. For more information, go to: www.FilmRise.com