UK pay TV broadcaster Sky has confirmed that is has wrested UK rights to Fox series Glee from Channel 4.
As it did with 24, Mad Men and Lost, Sky has taken the rights to a popular show from free-to-air to pay TV.
Its deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution means it will show the upcoming third season of musical comedy Glee, starting this autumn. It will also show any future seasons under the ‘life of series’ deal it has done with Fox.
The first two seasons of the show aired on Channel 4’s youth-skewed digital channel E4. In the US, it airs on the Fox broadcast network.
“Glee has been nothing short of a phenomenon and we’re thrilled to secure the future of the show for our customers with this life of series deal,” said Sky’s director of programmes Stuart Murphy. “It’s the perfect fit for Sky 1 and we’re thrilled to be able to build on the success it has already achieved, and we hope our customers will be as chuffed and excited as we all are.”
Sky has also picked up The Glee Project. The reality talent show is a spin-off from Glee and offers the winner the chance to appear in the show.