hunters are on the side of the law, but they themselves
can still be a fugitive! How? The bounty hunter is
only legal in the United States and The Philippines,
so should they pursue a criminal outside of these countries,
they could be arrested! How did this profession start?
In the Wild West, when outlaws like Jesse James and
Butch Cassidy roamed the land, local sheriffs didn't
have the resources to track them down alone. So they
put up "Wanted" posters offering huge rewards
for their capture (Jesse James was worth $5,000 --
big, big money at the time). Bounty hunters answered
the call, tracking the bad guys relentlessly for a
piece of the reward money. They did anything it took
to bring in the outlaws, "dead or alive."
Today, the stereotype of the rogue bounty hunter remains,
even though most modern bounty hunters are trained
and licensed professionals. The Wild West free-for-all
has been transformed into a real business and an integral
part of the American justice system. When a criminal
is arrested, “bail” is paid to “insure” the
fugitive does not flee. Many times, however, the criminals
do get away and that is where the bounty hunter comes
in. They hunt the fugitive and bring him or her back
to police custody.
In the movies and on television these tough guys have
been portrayed in films like Sergio Leone’s FOR
A FEW DOLLARS MORE starring Clint Eastwood, MIDNIGHT
RUN starring Robert De Niro, BLADE RUNNERS, or DOMINO
starring Keira Knightly or on the television series
WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE starring Steve McQueen.
In this series, the Bounty Hunters are real and their
fugitives are caught on camera! The viewer is right
in the action - on “raids” for drug dealers,
murderers and accused criminals who have violated the
law and are running “free”. It’s
not always pretty, but this real time adventure is
exciting and quite unnerving at times. Your viewers
will want to come along for this ride!
Programming for Factual, Men’s channels, late
night, Reality and Crime slots for any channel.