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Warner Bros. and CBS cut post-Screenings deals

Warner Bros. and CBS have both sold high-profile series to international broadcasters as deals start to take shape after this year’s LA Screenings.

In the UK, the Living TV Group has picked up two Warner Bros. International Television Distribution shows, Nikita and Chase.  Nikita, which is produced by Warner Bros. TV and Wonderland, will air on US network The CW this autumn. Living will air the show, about a trained assassin gone rogue, soon after the US transmission.

Chase meanwhile will be renamed for UK viewers and air on Living next year. The Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Bonanza Productions-produced series about a Texas-born female deputy will air on NBC in the US.

Warner Bros. has long-term programming deals with numerous international broadcasters, but the agreement with Living marks the first international deals announced for Nikita and Chase since the Screenings in May. The Living TV Group is the channel operator previously known as VMtv, before being acquired by UK pay TV operator BSkyB in a £160 million deal last month.

Meanwhile, CBS Studios International has sold its police series Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods to Liv in Latin America. The general entertainment channel, which was rebranded from People + Arts earlier this year, will air the shows weeks after their debut in the US, where both shows will air on the CBS network.

Other confirmed international broadcasters for Hawaii Five-O include Bravo in the UK, Network Ten in Australia and Global in Canada. Australia’s Ten will also air Tom Selleck-fronted Blue Bloods, which has also been picked up by CTV in Canada.