Da Vinci’s Inquest distribution team has extended its collaboration with Chris Haddock to include his latest procedural drama.
Program Partners and Thunderbird Films announced today that they had acquired worldwide rights to the procedural drama, Intelligence, which is slated to launch this fall on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The show is the latest from Chris Haddock, whose Da Vinci’s Inquest is also distributed by Program Partners.
“This is a natural outgrowth of our successful teamwork with both Haddock Entertainment and Thunderbird Films,” said Ritch Colbert of Program Partners. “Considering the exceptional viewer response to Da Vinci’s Inquest’s outstanding production values and high performance, there is a strong demand for a follow-up property from Chris Haddock.”
In its debut season in U.S. syndication, Da Vinci’s Inquest has posted a 2.0 season-to-date household rating and more than 40% growth since its premiere broadcast.
Intelligence stars Ian Tracey (Da Vinci’s Inquest) as Jimmy Reardon, the third generation head of a West Coast crime family who is constantly under surveillance by the police and the Organized Crime Unit. His criminal activities have bought him a comfortable life, but something in his bones tells him his luck can’t hold out forever. The head of the crime unit, Mary Spalding (Klea Scott, Minority Report), and her rival officer, Ted Altman (Matt Frewer, Desperation, Max Headroom), are on a mission to bring him down. Reardon turns the tables on them when he uncovers their “super list” of informants, and a lively cat and mouse game ensues.
Program Partners is marketing Da Vinci’s Inquest, Intelligence and its Crime Watch network, featuring Cold Squad and Stone Undercover, as an outgrowth of its worldwide distribution agreement with Thunderbird Films. Da Vinci’s Inquest airs weekly on over 200 television stations representing 98% of the U.S. Crime Watch has announced over 90% U.S. clearance for its September ’06 launch.