UK’s Sci-Fi Channel to air V, Human Target and Smallville

Over the last few years the Uk Sci Fi -Channel has really been stepping up their game which is great to see.  There was a time I would hardly watch the channel but now there a number of shows I’m picking up. I was definately on board to watch both V and Human Target when they came across to the Uk fo it’s great that someone has picked them up.

Although Smallville has already been airing over here it’s good to start having all the sci-fi/fantasy TV in one place, rather than having them scattered to the four winds.

I hope this trend continues.

Find out more by checking the press release below.

NBC UNIVERSAL GLOBAL NETWORKS AND

WARNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION

DISTRIBUTION SIGN MAJOR TV SERIES

PROGRAMMING DEAL FOR THE UK

Highly Anticipated New U.S. Programmes V, Eastwick and

Human Target, as well as long-running hit Smallville,

acquired for SCI FI and Hallmark Channel in UK

London – 29 September 2009 – NBC Universal Global Networks and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) have today announced a major first-run programming deal in which three of WBITD’s highly anticipated new U.S. television series for the 2009–2010 season will premiere in the UK on the SCI FI and Hallmark channels. The announcement was made by Roma Khanna, President, Global Networks and Digital Initiatives and Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television.

As part of the deal, NBCU has successfully acquired V, one of the most high profile and sought-after programmes from this year’s LA Screenings, along with Human Target and Eastwick.

In addition to these three new shows, NBCU has also acquired the rights to the long-running hit drama Smallville.

The substantial content package consists of the UK first-run pay TV rights to:

· V An 18×1-hour visually stunning reimagining of the groundbreaking alien invasion miniseries

· Human Target – The 13×1-hour action-packed thrill ride stars Mark Valley (Fringe) as a mysterious agent for hire who assumes different identities, literally becoming a human target on behalf of his clients, in this drama inspired by a popular DC Comics title

· Eastwick – A 13×1-hour sexy and bold comedic drama about three young witches whose powers are awakened when a mysterious man moves to town, based upon the John Updike novel and hit film The Witches of Eastwick

In addition, the broadcaster has secured the ongoing pay TV rights from season one of Smallville, the drama series – based upon DC Comics characters – which chronicles a young Clark Kent in a precursor to the Superman legend.

The deal will see V, Human Target and Smallville air on SCI FI, while Eastwick will be shown on the Hallmark Channel.

Laurence Dawkin-Jones, Managing Director (UK) NBC Universal Global Networks, said: “This important deal is evidence of a step change in our investment in new content.  These are some of the most talked about shows to come out of the LA Screenings this year and are a perfect fit with our channels.”

Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television, said: “This deal is significant not only because we are licensing three of our new shows to one client, but also because it is a basic multichannel operator that has stepped up to outbid all of the free terrestrial networks to acquire the first-window rights to these three high-profile programs. This is a bold move for NBCU, and we are pleased to support their initiative. This deal is completely in alignment with our strategy of encouraging pay, basic and free digital broadcasters to make significant investments to acquire new series programming in order to make their channels distinctive and compelling. We are convinced these shows are perfectly suited to the genre of these channels and, when initially telecast, will build a loyal fanbase.”

Roma Khanna, President, Global Networks and Digital Initiatives, added: “This fantastic deal is another step forward in our global strategy of offering audiences premiere first run content across our portfolio of global channels.  We are delighted to be working with Warner Bros. to deliver top content via our world class channel brands both here in the UK and around the world.”

NBC Universal Global Networks has enjoyed considerable success across its UK channels in 2009 showcasing a raft of new-to-the UK series including Dollhouse, Knight Rider, Eli Stone, Legend of the Seeker and Warehouse 13 on SCI FI, whilst launching the channel on Sky’s HD service. Hallmark Channel, which recently jumped 20 places up Sky’s EPG to channel 130, commands one of the most loyal audiences in the UK market, with viewers enjoying 76 minutes per day* of UK premiere seasons of shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

SCI FI is available on Sky channel 129 (SCI FI HD 214) and Virgin 136. Hallmark Channel is available on Sky channel 130 and Virgin 162.

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