Virgin territory for Shomi

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has acquired exclusive local SVOD rights to The CW’s Hispanic US-themed comedy Jane the Virgin and CBS drama Madam Secretary. The deal will distributor CBS Studios International also includes exclusive Canadian rights for the NCIS franchise, which comprises NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and new season series NCIS: New Orleans, plusReckless, Hawaii Five-O, Elementary, Star […]

WOWOW bags Extant exclusive

Japanese pay TV provider has acquired exclusive local rights to CBS dramas Extant and Penny Dreadful. CBS Studios International sells Extant, a sci-fi starring actor Halle Berry, and Showtime-Sky Atlantic coproduction horror-drama Penny Dreadful on the global market. Both shows launch in 2015 on WOWOW’s Prime channel, which also runs CBS series CSI and Elementary […]

CEE SVOD service welcomes Secretary

Eastern European region SVOD service Pickbox.tv has acquired exclusive rights to new season CBS shows Madam Secretary and Extant. Pickbox, which operates in the former Yugoslav countries, has already made political thriller Madam Secretary (pictured) available on its Hotbox section, in which subscribers are able to watched subtitled new episodes 24 hours after their US […]

Extant to return as Murder is greenlit

CBS sci-fi drama Extant has been handed a second season, as rival ABC gives full-season orders to How to Get Away with Murder and Black-ish. Extant took an average of 8.64 million viewers, and had support from its distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video, which launch episodes four days after CBS and helped make the […]

NCIS: New Orleans, Extant set for ProSiebenSat.1

Germany-based broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has extended its output deal with CBS Studios International, an agreement that hands it rights to Halle Berry series Extant and the latest incarnation of procedural NCIS. The multiyear agreement gives ProSiebenSat.1 channels throughout German-speaking Europe shows including CBS ratings hit Extant and NCIS: New Orleans (pictured), which recently debuted to 17.2 […]

Netflix bags exclusive SVOD rights to Gotham

Streaming service Netflix has secured exclusive subscription on-demand rights to Warner Bros.’ hot drama Gotham. In what is being described as an “unprecedented” deal, the move represents the first time Netflix has taken first-run rights on a major network series before it has had its linear launch. Amazon has taken a similar approach on CBS […]

Vikings, Extant lead Amazon UK ‘ratings’

The first seasons of Vikings (pictured) and Extant are the most popular content on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service in the UK, the e-commerce giant has said. According to Amazon, Vikings season one is Prime’s most-watched show since February, followed by Extant, Vikings season two, Black Sails season one and The Walking Dead season one. […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: news digest

As part of our new weekly Buyers Briefing feature, we run down the biggest news in the sector that best reflects our interviewee’s focus. This week, we look at the goings on in digital video after our chat with TalkTalk’s Will Ennett. Upcoming themed areas will include western European pay TV channels and Asian networks. […]

CBS lines up James Patterson drama

US broadcaster CBS has gone straight-to-series on an adaptation of James Patterson novel Zoo ahead of a summer 2015 launch. Thirteen-parter Zoo will be based on the novel, which is a global thriller about a renegade scientist who battles to uncover a mystery surrounding a wave of increasingly sophisticated and violent animal attacks against humans. […]

M6 extends CBS output deal

French broadcaster M6 has extended its multi-year output deal with CBS Studios International. This comes after the LA Screenings last month where CBSSI launched scripted series such as Extant, Scorpion and NCIS: New Orleans to international buyers. M6 bought its first show, NCIS, from CBS back in 2003, and this latest deal gives it exclusive […]