ABC inks deal with Discovery for rights to Keli Lane documentary

The ABC has reached a three-year license agreement with Discovery in the UK to air Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane on Discovery-owned Really.

The three-part show dives into the story of the disappearance of two-day old baby Tegan Lane and the conviction of her mother, Keli Lane.

The announcement:

ABC Commercial today announced it has sold the Logie nominated Australian crime investigation series EXPOSED: The Case of Keli Lane (3 x 60 mins) to Discovery in the UK. The three-year license agreement gives exclusive rights in the region premiering on Discovery owned Really later this year.

In this gripping television event multi award-winning journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna investigates one of Australia’s most notorious cases: the disappearance of two-day old baby Tegan Lane and the conviction of her mother Keli Lane for her murder. Lane breaks her silence for the first time, speaking exclusive to Meldrum-Hanna from prison.

A web of sex, murder, secrets and lies, the ABC’s critically acclaimed EXPOSED: The Case of Keli Lane delivered outstanding audience engagement across all ABC’s TV linear and digital platforms, launched one of the most popular true crime discussions on Facebook to date and sparked a call by the trial judge for an investigation into withheld police recordings.

“EXPOSED: The Case of Keli Lane is an excellent example of the high-quality, original factual production that sits within our robust portfolio of award-winning television content,” said Jessica Ellis, Head of ABC Content Sales and Distribution. “We’re thrilled to be working with Discovery to bring this ground-breaking Australian series to British and Irish audiences.”

“The case of Keli Lane is like no other,” said Meldrum-Hanna. “How can a two-day old baby disappear without a trace, in broad daylight in sunny Sydney, from a busy public hospital, never to be seen again? No witnesses, no murder weapon, no forensic evidence, no body. A litany of lies and multiple secret pregnancies. Her mother is in jail for murder, claiming innocence. She’s finally agreed to talk. But where does the truth lie?”

EXPOSED: The Case of Keli Lane offers a deeply powerful and raw look into the incredible true story of a young woman, dubbed ‘the Golden Girl’ of Sydney’s affluent Northern Beaches, whose seemingly perfect life starts to disintegrate as her secrets and lies begin to emerge. Audiences empathise with these stories of pain and human error, so the True-Crime genre is capturing viewers like never before.

The ABC is unrivalled in its commitment to distinctive and premium content to meet the rise in audience appetites for a well-told mystery through quality investigative journalism.

Source: ABC Commercial media release


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