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NBCU takes a Chance on Hugh Laurie Hulu drama

NBCUniversal has acquired Hugh Laurie drama Chance for a raft of its international nets. NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has bought the series for its nets in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Poland. Poland will be the first to launch the series next month. The series has The Night Manager and House star Hugh Laurie […]

UK and France deals for Jason Priestley drama

Broadcasters across Europe have acquired Private Eyes, the new Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz) private detective drama. Cable net Universal Channel has bought the show for the UK and free TV broadcaster TF1 has taken it for France. Turner has acquired it for its TNT channel in the Nordic region and Fox has it in […]

NBCU lines up first German drama

NBCUniversal International Networks is set to produce its first original drama out of Germany. The Comcast-owned entertainment group’s managing director, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Katharina Behrends told DWDL.de that crime-themed channel 13th Street had commissioned a 4x25mins psychological drama miniseries. Production and casting plans are underway, with Readymade Films attached to produce, but Behrends declined […]

Universal Channel buys Mr. Robot for UK

UK pay TV net Universal Channel has acquired hot US cable series Mr. Robot. The NBCUniversal-owned channel will launch the USA Network show on July 21 following an agreement with cousin NBCUniversal International Distribution. Season one will debut with a feature-length, uninterrupted double episode. Amazon Prime Instant Video already offers it via the SVOD window […]

Universal Channel takes Second Chance

Universal Channel in the UK has acquired rights to new Howard Gordon series Second Chance. The deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution gives the NBCUniversal International Networks-owned pay TV network local rights to the eleven-part series. Second Chance comes from Rand Ravich (Life) and Gordon (Homeland, 24) and stars Rob Kazinsky as a man […]

Universal Channel requires Chicago Med

UK pay TV network Universal Channel has bought new season US medical drama Chicago Med. The Dick Wolf-produced show will debut on the NBCUniversal International Networks-sold show after a deal with the latter’s sister division, NBCU International Distribution. The show is set in a state-of-the-art Chicago trauma centre, and is part of Chicago Fire and […]

News brief: Universal Italy buys Best Film Directors

The Universal Channel in Italy has acquired 91x26mins of Hollywood’s Best Film Directors. The series profiles famous film directors including Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). The series is distributed by Paris-based Prime Entertainment, which has previously shopped it to buyers including AMC, BSkyB, HBO and Netflix. Speaking about the series, David Freydt, managing director of Prime […]

NBCU creates Lat Am channels JV

NBCUniversal International has partnered with Ole Communications to create a joint venture business in Spanish-speaking Latin America that will simplify management of its channels in the region. This comes after NBCUI earlier this year announced HBO Latin America Group, which is a joint venture between Ole and Time Warner, would take over distribution of Universal […]

Syfy makes debut in south Asia

NBCUniversal channel Syfy is launching in Sri Lanka, its first roll out in south Asia. The channel will be carried on the Dialog TV pay TV platform from the start of May. Dialog already carries its NBCU stablemates Universal Channel, E! and Diva. “This is a momentous occasion for the channel brand as it becomes […]

DCD plans to Fool Us again

DCD Rights is taking the US version of Penn & Teller: Fool Us to MIPTV, having secured a Asian presale ahead of the market. NBCUniversal International Television-owned Universal Channel has bought the show, which 117 Productions and September Films is producing for broadcast network The CW. The 13x60mins series deliver to US TV in July, […]

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