Court TV underlined its belief in and commitment to signature series Forensic Files last week by inking an long-term, exclusive deal with series producer Medstar Communications, through 2009.
"Forensic Files is just beginning to make the kind of splash we think it can make," Court TV executive vice president of programming and marketing Art Bell said at the National Show last week. "As forensics technology becomes more interesting, there will be even better stories to tell."
Bell said the network will air 30 original Files
installments during 2003, and anticipates that will be the annual order number for the balance of the new deal.
Court TV has bowed 103 Files
episodes since it debuted on Sept. 18, 2000. The series averages a 1.0 household rating for premiere installments, network executives said.
"The show performs well in primetime, on the weekends, whenever we run it. We didn't want to let it get away," Bell added.
Bell said is looking to build even greater off-channel exposure for the show, which was repurposed by NBC late last summer and early fall. "There are other opportunities, with NBC and elsewhere," Bell said.