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In 2018, ITV America launched the Good Caper Content label, a production arm that specializes in true crime and investigative programming.

Building on ITV’s strong heritage of shows in this space including the A&E series Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48 and Discovery’s Killing Fields, Good Caper Content has quickly made a name for themselves by creating innovative content and forging partnerships with top-tier talents and producers. The company prides itself on telling real and riveting stories about truth, justice, and giving a voice to victims.

Based in Manhattan and Los Angeles, the Good Caper Content team is comprised of producers and developers with extensive experience in this space. Over the years, they’ve built a respected reputation and relationships with law enforcement agencies and experts across the country. Having been in the trenches with the families of homicide victims, survivors of sexual assaults, and investigators who can’t shake unsolved cases, Good Caper Content knows the importance of sharing these stories and maintaining journalistic integrity: standing up for justice, not impeding it.

OUR TEAM

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KATHRYN VAUGHAN

President - Good Caper Content

A show runner with nearly two decades of experience in the television industry, Kathryn Vaughan’s talents originated in sports, delving in as an Intern with Fox Sports Net. This position swiftly led to producing the critically acclaimed documentary series Beyond the Glory. Kathryn spent the next 10 years of her career creating heartfelt and award-winning unscripted content for ABC (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) CBS (Hunted) Bravo (Millionaire Matchmaker) E!, NBC, TNT, and Oxygen.

Kathryn played a key role with the conception and creation of Cold Justice and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes (with Dick Wolf and Magical Elves). Her tenure there produced compelling content, featured acutely skillful solving of homicide and sexual assault cases, with many perpetrators being convicted for crimes which had previously gone cold for generations. Kathryn has been regularly tapped to consult for various crime-related programs, as someone whose expertise radiates both from a creative and a legal standpoint.
Vaughan is a graduate of Tufts University, a native of Connecticut, and a current resident of Southern California.

SUMIT DAVID

Vice President, Development

Prior to the creation of Good Caper Content, Sumit David served as a VP of Development for Sirens Media, as a VP of current and development for Paper Route Productions and as an Executive Producer for more than 100 hours of programming. His creative storytelling skills and visionary directing enabled him to develop and produce factual entertainment for every genre, from haunts in America to hunts in Alaska. His production credits include Discovery Channel, TLC, Destination America, DIY, 3Net, Science Channel, The Travel Channel, History and A&E. Ever since he graduated with a minor in Criminal Justice, he’s had an interest in telling the true life-and-death stories of the crime world.

His name is short for “Sumithrin” which is sanskrit for “good friend”… he’s that too.

KRISTIN BRUTOUT

Director of Development

For nearly a decade, Kristin has been developing unscripted programming with a focus on authentic characters and worlds. Before joining Good Caper Content as the Director of Development, she developed content for Leftfield Pictures and Halfyard Productions. Over the years, Kristin has played a key role in creating hit shows for: History Channel, Bravo, Discovery, Food Network, National Geographic, Science Channel, WEtv, HGTV, diy, among others.

When Kristin is not watching every true crime show or procedural, you can find her in New Jersey, thrift shopping or exploring the Garden State alongside her husband and toddler son.

VALERIE HASELTON

Consultant

As co-founder and co-president of reality and crime TV powerhouse, Sirens Media, Valerie Haselton produced over 400 hours of true crime television. Best known for Bravo’s hit series The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Manzo’d With Children, and Thicker Than Water, Sirens Media had a formidable reputation in crime and investigation programming, with series for Court TV, LMN, the Discovery Channel, and fifteen series for Investigation Discovery including Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, Nightmare Next Door, and Evil Twins. Sirens Media was acquired by ITV in 2013; Haselton and her producing partner stepped down as presidents in 2018 to focus on their families and consult for stellar companies like Good Caper Content.

Valerie graduated from Scripps College and has a graduate degree in Film and Television from Bristol University, UK. She began her career in England as part of a team of twelve film school grads, Hybrid TV, which helped launch the career of Sasha Baron Cohen, who has inexplicably changed his email address.

OUR WORK

Originally produced by sister company Sirens Media, Good Caper Content administers all new developments surrounding Killing Fields in a production capacity.

Across America, there are isolated places that appear untouched. In these desolate and sprawling areas -known as killing fields -dozens of deaths remain mysteries, baffling anyone daring enough to investigate. This fall, Discovery Channel will travel to the windswept farmlands of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, an idyllic small town community located near the Chesapeake Bay. Sunny dispositions, however, are quickly left by the wayside as the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office reopens the brutal 2004 homicide case of 28-year-old Carrie Singer, whose beaten, half-naked body was dumped in a local farm field to be picked apart by vultures. This tragic murder, which has haunted Lead Investigator Randy Patrick for over a decade, drives the next season of Killing Fields.

Under the command of Lieutenant Thomas Potter, Randy works with a team of skilled investigators, including Detectives Bert Nurney and Susan Morgan. Lieutenant Potter also assigns rookie Detective Kris Coughlin to be Randy’s partner for thecase, and he adds a fresh perspective to the 13-year-old mystery.

As the detectives dive in, they immediately come face-to-face with the challenges of their environment. The wildlife and natural elements at the site where Carrie was found took a huge toll on her body, making it difficult to collect and analyze important evidence at the time. Carrie was not only a victim at the hands of man, but also a victim of the field where she was found.

Shot in real time, the team works around-the-clock to conquer these challenges and re-examine critical evidence, using cutting-edge technology that has advanced significantly over the years. They also meet with a range of witnesses and uncover shocking new details about the people in Carrie’s life. Ultimately, multiple potential suspects are drawn into the case.

But, even with new information, the question still remains: who killed Carrie Singer? For 13 years Randy has been looking for closure -for himself, and most importantly, for Carrie’s family. Now that the case is reopened, he is willing to put his personal life on hold, including his retirement, to find the answer. This time around, he might just find it.

PREMIERE DATE:
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
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EPISODES PRODUCED:
2 SEASONS, 19 EPISODES

Good Caper Content is in active development on an exciting new project with Oxygen. Stay Tuned!

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NEWS

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Exclusive: Good Caper locks deal with history-making South Fulton, GA court

By: Barry Walsh
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

ITV America Launches Crime Label in Move to Specialize Its Many Shingles (Exclusive)

By: Michael O’Connell
C21Media

ITV America launches crime prodco

By: Clive Wittingham
REALSCREEN

ITV America creates crime content unit, names entertainment EVP

By: Barry Walsh

Good Caper Content, the true crime programming division of ITV America, has penned an exclusive development deal with the women who lead the municipal court of Atlanta suburb, South Fulton.

The one-year-old suburb boasts a unique municipal court in that it is entirely staffed by African American women. Good Caper will develop and produce an unscripted docuseries focusing on the women and their families, as well as on the people coming through the South Fulton Municipal Court.

Good Caper Content president Kathryn Vaughan (pictured) will executive produce the series, tentatively titled Women in Black.

Featured in the series will be Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers; solicitor LaDawn “LBJ” Jones; public defender Viveca Famber Powell; and legal intern Bianca Webb. They, and their colleagues, form the municipal court serving an area that comprises roughly 100,000 residents – 90% of whom are African American.

South Fulton is one of Georgia’s newest cities, with its residents voting to become a chartered city in May of 2017. According to a CNN online feature on the municipal court team, the court was active by January of 2018 and all of the women on the team are the first hires in their positions in South Fulton’s history.

“The women of South Fulton are redefining what the criminal justice system can do for its citizens – at times, employing unconventional approaches and tactics in order to best serve their community,” said Good Caper’s Vaughan in a statement. “Their story is quite remarkable, and we look forward to sharing their lives and day-to-day courtroom experiences, as well as capturing the birth and establishment of a young American city.”

“Building a new city’s criminal justice system from the ground up is a challenge within itself. Being the first court run by all women, and the first court run by all African Americans, gives us the unique opportunity to build a system that restores our community’s belief in criminal justice. We are thrilled to partner with Kathryn and Good Caper and feel this powerful story is in the best of hands,” said Sellers, Jones and Powell in a joint statement.

Good Caper Content (run by Kathryn Vaughan) will cater to the growing number of buyers for crime programming, as CEO David George looks to give his company’s many acquisitions better brand identity in a busy market.

ITV America wants to give buyers two things they’re anxious for: crime shows, and clarity in a crowded and confusing marketplace.
The stateside arm of the U.K. TV giant is looking to better define its many labels as buckets for specific genres, under newly minted CEO David George, including the launch of Good Caper Content — a shingle dedicated to crime programming.

“I’ve got all these different production companies, and the marketplace needs to know what each is best-in-class at,” George, who was promoted to the top post in January, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We need to define what ITV means in the U.S.”

Good Caper will cater to an aggressively growing segment of the market, one that prompted Oxygen to rebrand as a crime-exclusive network in 2017. Veteran unscripted producer Kathryn Vaughan (Oxygen’s Cold Justice) will serve as president, running point on all of the company’s crime and investigation programming, starting with A&E series Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48 and Discovery’s Killing Fields. The two series were originally developed by other ITV-owned labels, ITV Entertainment (Marcia Clark) and Sirens Media (Killing Fields). “Crime isn’t just one type of show,” added George. “There are so many categories within crime. That’s what creates this big appetite for it.”
Indeed, crime is a sprawling genre — fully populating Oxygen and Investigation Discovery, in addition to a slew of other cable networks. There’s also been a wave of true-crime documentary fare, from HBO’s The Jinx to Netflix’s Making a Murderer and Wild Wild Country, that have found huge success in dancing alongside the crime space.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of creating Good Caper, a destination for telling real and riveting stories in an authentic way, without judgment or influence,” said Vaughan, who will report directly to ITV America CCO David Eilenberg, in a statement. “The team at ITV America is second to none and I could not be more gratified to be in business with some of the most creative minds in our industry.”

Good Caper, already in development on future projects with Dick Wolf and Clark, also counts Sirens co-founder Valerie Haselton as a senior adviser.
ITV America’s other labels will now exclusively serve their own verticals, with Leftfield Pictures (History’s Pawn Stars) a resource for male-skewing efforts, ITV Entertainment (Netflix’s Queer Eye) focusing on formats with broader appeal and shiny-floor shows (Fox’s The Four), Sirens (Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey) targeting women, and High Noon (HGTV’s Fixer Upper) operating in the lifestyles and home space.
George, who also just tapped longtime Mark Burnett executive Alex Dundas exec vp ITV Entertainment, is still plotting on how to better define other ITV labels — which include Thinkfactory Media (WE’s Mama June) and Outpost Entertainment (History’s Forged in Fire) — in the overarching strategy to rethink the way the company operates in the U.S.
“When ITV first came to the States, it was like a lot of U.K. companies trying to create a bridge over the ocean to get their formats sold here,” says George. “As time has gone by, and all of these other unscripted buyers have popped up, and we’ve acquired all of these other companies, we can be something new and exciting.”

ITV America is launching a crime-focused production arm and has hired the executive producer of Cold Justice to oversee it, while also adding an industry veteran from MGM to its ITV Entertainment staff.

Good Caper Content will be devoted entirely to crime and investigative programming, with Kathryn Vaughan named as the shingle’s president.

Vaughan, who executive produced TNT and Oxygen series Cold Justice, will build and run the new unit, reporting to ITV America chief creative officer David Eilenberg.

Existing crime content produced by ITV America’s various production labels will move under the Good Caper banner, including new A&E series Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48, produced by ITV Entertainment, and Discovery’s Killing Fields, which is produced by Sirens Media.

Good Caper Content, which gets its name from law enforcement jargon meaning an especially impressive police action, will also create original programming and is currently in development on projects with Dick Wolf, Marcia Clark (via her production deal with ITV America) and others.

The label already has several projects set up with A&E and Oxygen, and deals with other networks and streaming platforms are pending.

Sirens Media co-founder and executive producer Valerie Haselton, creative consultant at ITV America, will be a senior advisor to Good Caper Content.

Meanwhile, ITV America’s non-scripted production group ITV Entertainment has hired Alex Dundas as executive VP.

Dundas will also report to Eilenberg when he joins later this summer to lead creative development at the firm, which is behind the successful Queer Eye reboot for Netflix.

He was most recently senior VP of unscripted development and current programming at MGM Television under Mark Burnett and Barry Poznick, helping to develop and oversee series including Steve Harvey’s Funderdrome (ABC), Signed (VH1) and Total Knockout (CBS).

Dundas was previously creative director and president of UK operations for Burnett’s United Artists Media Group, shepherding hits like The Apprentice UK (BBC) and How’d You Get So Rich? (Channel 4). He also served as head of factual for Reef Television.

ITV America wants to give buyers two things they’re anxious for: crime shows, and clarity in a crowded and confusing marketplace.
The stateside arm of the U.K. TV giant is looking to better define its many labels as buckets for specific genres, under newly minted CEO David George, including the launch of Good Caper Content — a shingle dedicated to crime programming.

“I’ve got all these different production companies, and the marketplace needs to know what each is best-in-class at,” George, who was promoted to the top post in January, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We need to define what ITV means in the U.S.”

Good Caper will cater to an aggressively growing segment of the market, one that prompted Oxygen to rebrand as a crime-exclusive network in 2017. Veteran unscripted producer Kathryn Vaughan (Oxygen’s Cold Justice) will serve as president, running point on all of the company’s crime and investigation programming, starting with A&E series Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48 and Discovery’s Killing Fields. The two series were originally developed by other ITV-owned labels, ITV Entertainment (Marcia Clark) and Sirens Media (Killing Fields). “Crime isn’t just one type of show,” added George. “There are so many categories within crime. That’s what creates this big appetite for it.”
Indeed, crime is a sprawling genre — fully populating Oxygen and Investigation Discovery, in addition to a slew of other cable networks. There’s also been a wave of true-crime documentary fare, from HBO’s The Jinx to Netflix’s Making a Murderer and Wild Wild Country, that have found huge success in dancing alongside the crime space.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of creating Good Caper, a destination for telling real and riveting stories in an authentic way, without judgment or influence,” said Vaughan, who will report directly to ITV America CCO David Eilenberg, in a statement. “The team at ITV America is second to none and I could not be more gratified to be in business with some of the most creative minds in our industry.”

Good Caper, already in development on future projects with Dick Wolf and Clark, also counts Sirens co-founder Valerie Haselton as a senior adviser.
ITV America’s other labels will now exclusively serve their own verticals, with Leftfield Pictures (History’s Pawn Stars) a resource for male-skewing efforts, ITV Entertainment (Netflix’s Queer Eye) focusing on formats with broader appeal and shiny-floor shows (Fox’s The Four), Sirens (Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey) targeting women, and High Noon (HGTV’s Fixer Upper) operating in the lifestyles and home space.
George, who also just tapped longtime Mark Burnett executive Alex Dundas exec vp ITV Entertainment, is still plotting on how to better define other ITV labels — which include Thinkfactory Media (WE’s Mama June) and Outpost Entertainment (History’s Forged in Fire) — in the overarching strategy to rethink the way the company operates in the U.S.
“When ITV first came to the States, it was like a lot of U.K. companies trying to create a bridge over the ocean to get their formats sold here,” says George. “As time has gone by, and all of these other unscripted buyers have popped up, and we’ve acquired all of these other companies, we can be something new and exciting.”

ITV America is expanding its production labels and bringing in new leadership for key roles.

The U.S. group of businesses for UK-based ITV is forming a crime and investigation development and production unit, named Good Caper Content and headed by industry veteran Kathryn Vaughan.

Vaughan, most recently exec producer of the TNT and Oxygen series Cold Justice, will build and run the new division, reporting to ITV America chief creative officer David Eilenberg.

Existing crime content produced by ITV America’s production labels will now reside under the Good Caper banner. These include new A&E series Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48, produced by ITV Entertainment, and Discovery’s Killing Fields, produced by Sirens Media and executive producers Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson.

The unit will also create original programming and is currently in development on projects with Dick Wolf, Marcia Clark and others. The label already has projects underway with A&E and Oxygen, and ITV America says deals with other nets and streamers are pending.

Sirens Media co-founder and executive producer Valerie Haselton, creative consultant at ITV America, will be a senior advisor to Good Caper Content.

“[Vaughan’s] knowledge and expertise dealing with law enforcement, unique understanding of the media issues surrounding often brutal and controversial circumstances, and her sensitivity in bringing important stories to light have made her one of the most respected and in-demand producers in the space,” said ITV America CEO David George in a statement.

Meanwhile, ITV America has named former MGM Entertainment unscripted SVP Alex Dundas (pictured, right) as EVP for ITV Entertainment, where he will report to Eilenberg, who formerly ran the division.

Dundas will join the company this summer to lead creative development at ITV Entertainment, whose current series include Queer Eye for Netflix, Hell’s Kitchen and The Four: Battle for Stardomfor Fox; The First 48 and Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48 for A&E, among others.

While working with Mark Burnett and Barry Poznick at MGM, Dundas helped to develop and oversee such series as Steve Harvey’s Funderdrome (ABC), Signed (VH1), iHeart Summer (AT&T/DirectTV), Total Knockout (CBS) and The Contender (Epix). He previously was creative director and president of UK operations for Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and also served as head of factual for Reef Television.

“Alex is a gifted executive, producer and director whose vision and execution at the highest levels have made their mark on many of our industry’s biggest global formats,” said Eilenberg in a statement. “Throughout an impressive career, he has meticulously honed his sense of what makes for pulse-pounding captivating television, in the U.S. and around the world.”

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