FEATURING DRAMATIC STORIES OF HUMAN NATURE, CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION, INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY CONTINUES ITS GROWTH WITH 2008/2009 UPFRONT LINE-UP
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LOS ANGELES, Ca., April 08, 2008 � Investigation Discovery announces its upfront slate for 2008/2009 with an array of series and specials that reveal provocative mysteries from the past to the present. According to Nielsen Media Research, Investigation Discovery has continued to be the fastest-growing ad-supported cable network,* including doubling delivery for women 25-54, since the network's name changed to Investigation Discovery on January 27, 2008. Providing the highest-quality investigative programming, Investigation Discovery has become a destination on-air and online for audiences who enjoy piecing together puzzles, untangling mysteries and viewing absorbing emotional tales about the issues shaping our culture and defining our world.
"Investigation Discovery satisfies audiences who love to investigate mysteries, solve puzzles and embark on emotional journeys around the human condition," said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Investigation Discovery. "With over 200 hours of original programming covering subjects from today's headlines to history's timeless mysteries, Investigation Discovery is the new authority in real investigations."
Investigation Discovery's Upfront slate for 2008/2009 includes:
Taking viewers on a journey inside elite law enforcement investigative units, this series explores how controversial and complex cases were brought to a close. Following the collaboration among clever detectives, forensic scientists and psychological profilers, SOLVED! reveals the vital clues and ingenious investigative techniques that led to these remarkable stories of success. 4th Quarter, 2008
NAVY JUSTICE: THE REAL NCIS (wt)
This new series follows the agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, known as the NCIS. These men and women are detectives charged with investigating incidents within the province of the United States Navy anywhere across the globe. These professionals have to be extremely versatile, since their investigations can range from homicides or drug stings to counterterrorism and espionage. 1st Quarter, 2009
SCARED NATION (wt)
As the digital age evolves, more and more user-generated footage of paranormal phenomena is being captured, ranging from UFOs to hauntings to the simply unexplainable. SCARED NATION (wt) examines these compelling stories using leading scientific experts who debunk these phenomena, unless the only explanation resides outside mainstream science. 2nd Quarter, 2009
DATELINE ON ID
DATELINE ON ID is a compelling series hosted by NBC correspondent Lester Holt that presents Dateline NBC stories exclusively for the ID audience. The series follows every twist and turn of investigations and unveils the often unpredictable resolution of justice. 4th Quarter, 2008
48 HOURS: HARD EVIDENCE
One of Investigation Discovery's highest-rated series, 48 HOURS: HARD EVIDENCE is a thrilling investigation featuring stories that explore greed, passion, jealousy and justice. Hosted by Maureen Maher, the series' journalistic approach takes viewers beyond the headlines of the complex cases that have America talking. 1st Quarter, 2009
This series chronicles puzzling stories that only the sharpest minds and cutting-edge science can piece together. Answers to these riddles can come from the smallest of clues, taking what seemed bizarre on the surface and explaining it through the use of the latest in forensic science. 2nd Quarter, 2009
REAL SUSPECTS (wt)
This series takes a look at the critical role of questioning in solving cases. Using actual footage of law enforcement personnel questioning real suspects, each episode demonstrates how artful interviewing can result in a "person of interest" becoming a chief suspect. 3rd Quarter, 2009
Using real 911 recordings, this series lets the gripping conversations between operators and callers speak for themselves. These intense human dramas are captured on tape, revealing the heroism of the emergency operators and the courage of those calling out for help. Combined with interviews of those involved, these dramatic stories unfold in real time exactly as the operator, victim and law enforcement experienced them. 2nd Quarter, 2009
MOST AMAZING . . . (wt)
Civilizations throughout history and across the globe have produced some of the most unimaginable, miraculous and intriguing tales that do nothing less than amaze. Ranging from complex conspiracies to innovative technology, from remarkable indigenous cultures to infamous characters' transgressions, each of these specials brings a compelling facet of culture to life.
. . . BLUNDERS AND CAPERS (wt): From forgetting to fill up the getaway car to not cutting eye holes in their disguise, this special explores stupefying acts from the lighter side of law enforcement. 4th Quarter, 2008
. . . OF THE MOST WANTED (wt): This annual special examines the astonishing characters who reside on the FBI's Most Wanted List. 1st Quarter, 2009
. . . COP TECH (wt): Law enforcement's innovative technology is profiled, including amazing gadgets for patrol cars, nonlethal weapons and surveillance equipment. 2nd Quarter, 2009
. . . CULTURES OF THE WORLD (wt): Profiling indigenous tribes and cultures from across the globe, this special explores not only the differences but more important, the similarities that tie civilizations together. 3rd Quarter, 2009
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications is the world's number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
* Investigation Discovery posted the largest percentage gain among P2+ viewers in Total Day from Feb/March 08 versus same months last year, among all ad-supported cable networks. Based on Live+SD, P 2+ (000).