(January 28, 2014 – Halifax, Canada) This March, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) premieres the new original real-life crime series To Catch a Killer. In the eight-part documentary series, Ontario-based police officer Mike Arntfield and his squad of tech-savvy civilians work to solve Canadian cold cases by interviewing family members and witnesses, dissecting evidence (old and new), visiting long-forgotten crime scenes, and re-enacting potential scenarios – all while the cold-case clock ticks. Produced by Ocean Entertainment Ltd of Halifax, in association with OWN (Canada), To Catch a Killer premieres Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET.
To view a trailer of the series, please click here.
“Mike Arntfield is like a real-life Sherlock Holmes, and it’s fascinating to watch him and his team peel back the layers of these perplexing cold cases,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Women’s and Family Television, Corus Entertainment. “This series offers a truly engaging and enlightening experience to our OWN (Canada) audience with real-world detective work and tangible results.”
Each one-hour episode introduces a different crime as Arntfield – a working cop and university professor with a PhD – and his team use fresh eyes and advanced tools in their quest to solve these longstanding mysteries and bring closure to the victims’ families.
Arntfield guides the six-member squad as they take to the field, seeking new leads and exploiting modern technology. Capitalizing on the potential of 21st-century technology to unearth new information, Arntfield also relies on squad members to use their own skill sets – which run the gamut from medical biophysics to forensic anthropology to private investigating – and ways of thinking to move each case forward. New information uncovered by the squad is passed on to appropriate law-enforcement officials.
“We knew when we embarked on To Catch a Killer that it would be incredibly challenging trying to dig up fresh information on cases that are decades old. But we had faith in our squad and their methods and it really paid off, as viewers will see in each episode,” says Johanna Eliot, the show’s Executive Producer, and President of Ocean Entertainment of Halifax. ”It was such a rewarding experience because the victims’ family members were with us for the entire journey. We are so grateful for that.”
The first episode, which premieres on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET, examines the cold case of Donna Jean Awcock. When Awcock failed to return home after babysitting in October 1983, her devastated family had no idea what could have happened. Although her remains were found just one day later in an area not far from where she was babysitting, no arrest has ever been made in connection with the 17-year-old’s sexual assault and murder. Thirty years later, Mike Arntfield and his squad are re-examining the case with fresh eyes in their quest to end the family’s nightmare.
To Catch a Killer is produced in association with OWN (Canada) and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia (FCINS). For more information about the series, please click here.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
On March 1, 2011, OWN launched in over six million Canadian homes on what was previously the VIVA channel. OWN is available in Canada through a license agreement with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
About Ocean Entertainment Limited
Ocean Entertainment Limited is a dynamic, award-winning production company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Established in 1997, Ocean specializes in television production, primarily series and documentaries. Along with To Catch a Killer, the company’s diverse slate of television series includes the award-nominated The Candy Show, Family Renovation and Spice Goddess, as well as the multi-award-winning Chef at Home and French Food at Home. Visit www.ocean.ca