EXCLUSIVE: It’s been a busy day on the acquisitions front. More4 closed deals to acquire two of ABC’s drama series: Nashville & Scandal. While news coming out of MIPCOM is that UK broadcasters are close to finalising deals to acquire The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, ABC’s Last Resort and NBC’s Revolution. In addition to all of that, I have also been able to confirm with my sources that BSkyB has renewed its licensing deal with Sony Pictures Television and acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second season of Unforgettable. The second season of Unforgettable is currently scheduled to premiere on Sky Living next summer. My sources are also telling me that, as part of previous deal, Sky Living has the rights to the third season of The CW’s Nikita and it is set to premiere on the channel in Spring 2013.
FX UK has renewed its licensing deal with Turner Broadcasting and acquired the UK rights to the third season of Falling Skies. As with the past two seasons of the TNT sci-fi series, the show’s third season is currently scheduled to premiere in Summer 2013. My sources are also telling me that FX UK has renewed its licensing deal for Leverage and acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the fifth season of the TNT caper, which will air on the channel in 2013. For those who have been asking: I’m told that FX UK has the broadcast rights to the sixth season of USA Network’s Burn Notice, which is scheduled for a Summer 2013 launch. In fact, I’m told that the deal FX UK signed with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the series was done as a life of series deal, and as such FX UK has the first run rights to any future seasons of the series. Similarly, I’m told that the deal FX UK signed with CBS Studios International for Dexter was also a life of series deal, as such they hold first run rights to all futures seasons of the show. I’m told that the show’s seventh season is set to premiere on FX UK in or around March 2013.