Channel 4 acquires HBO’s Gen Kill, True Blood

Channel 4 has picked up terrestrial rights to two hit HBO series Generation Kill and True Blood.

The UK ad supported public broadcaster will air both series later this year after it inked a deal with HBO’s international distribution arm.

Generation Kill is a seven part mini-series from The Wire creator David Simon based on Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright’s book about the Iraq War, while True Blood is a 12 part vampire drama created by Six Feet Under exec producer Alan Ball.

Both series initially aired on pay TV channel FX in the UK.

This is the first significant acquisition made by Channel 4’s recently promoted head of acquisitions Gill Hay, following the departure of Jeff Ford to rival Five.