Shine International Signs To Sell 'Roman Empire' Doc and 'DNA Fingerprinting' Drama

Elisabeth Murdoch

James Strong ("Broadchurch") will direct David Threlfall in "Code of a Killer" about the U.K. discovery of DNA fingerprinting in the 1980s used to help solve a double murder.


LONDON -- Shine International, part of Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group, has inked two distribution deals for ITV's Code of Killer and Channel 5’s Rome: The World’s First Superpower.

Code of a Killer, produced by World Productions for commercial broadcaster ITV, details the true story of Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA fingerprinting in the 1980s and its first use a detective played by David Threlfall to solve a double murder.

James Strong (Broadchurch/Gracepoint) is set to direct the two-part drama, which is scheduled to begin filming in late September.

Co-produced by 360Production and GroupM Entertainment for Channel 5, Rome: The World’s First Superpower takes a look at all of the major heroes and villains from Hannibal and Julius Caesar to Spartacus and Cleopatra and tells the story of how one small city among many conquered the world and then ran it for nearly 1000 years.

The four-part series traces the spectacularly tumultuous story of Rome’s rise from a city to a Republic and then a mighty Empire.

Both deals were brokered for Shine International by Georgia Brown, svp of acquisitions and Amy Dowsett, senior acquisitions manager.

World Productions managing director Roderick Seligman for Code of a Killer and Mark Wright, managing director of 360Production and Ali Hill, GroupM Entertainment for Rome: The World’s First Superpower did the deals for their respective shows.

World Productions creative director Simon Heath said: "We're delighted to be collaborating for the first time with Shine on this story of the pioneering science of Alec Jeffreys and how, with [detective] David Baker’s foresight, it changed the course of criminal investigation forever.”

360Production chief Mark Wright said: "The World’s First Super Power will bring the fascinating story of Rome to a wide audience."

Shine International distributes over 3,700 hours of broadcast content annually on behalf of Shine Group and a slew of third party producers for both non-scripted and scripted formats.