“The Neverending Murder,” an investigative true-crime docu-series about the disappearance of 18-year-old Englishwoman Nicola Payne (above right), has been picked up by Signature Entertainment.
Signature has acquired international rights to the series produced by Fulwell 73, StudioPow and Picnic Entertainment and will sell international rights in the following major markets.
The series will air in the UK and Ireland in 2023.
West Midlands Police Force’s biggest ever investigation will re-examine Payne’s 1991 disappearance in Coventry, UK, into the “never-ending murder”. The series includes interviews with family and friends, including her father John Payne (pictured above left) and older brother (and family spokesman) Nigel Payne, as well as those closely involved in the case, including both retired detectives Malcolm Ross and Martin Slevy. Among them were once the leading detectives.
Mark Radis directs while Venita Kidza produces. Sheldon Lazarus, Kevin Proctor and Nicola Pearcey executive produce.
Signature acquisitions and development director Elizabeth Williams and Picnic chief executive Nicola Pearcy discussed the deal.
“We are proud to partner with Picnik, StudioPOW and the award-winning Fulwell 73 team on this important crime documentary about Nicola Payne, whose case has remained unsolved for decades,” said Williams. “This is an opportunity to shine a light on what happened and show hope to your loved ones. We expect the response from the global audience to be significant.
Leo Perlman, director of Fulwell 73, said: “The importance we all feel in telling this story and bringing it back to the forefront of debate in this country cannot be overstated. We should all ask ourselves if anything has really changed in the 30 years since Nicola’s murder. This is a film of great importance and one that we hope will make us all question our society. Most of all, we are very grateful to Nicola’s family for their bravery in sharing their story with us.