MIPCOM 2012: UK Broadcasters Near Deals For ‘Last Resort’, ‘Revolution’ & ‘Beauty And The Beast’

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EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off of news that Channel 4 has closed a deal with Lionsgate TV to acquire ABC’s drama series Nashville, it would appear as though three new US shows from the 2012 – 2013 TV season are heading to the UK. One of TVWise’s freelancers, who is on the ground in Cannes, tells me that they have confirmed with three distributors (Sony Pictures TV, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution & CBS Studios International) that they are close to signing deals with UK broadcasters for ABC’s Last Resort, NBC’s Revolution and The CW’s Beauty and the Beast.

Last Resort – The Sony Pictures Television series had long been considered a “hot commodity” and immediately after the LA Screenings in May several of my sources at various UK broadcasters told me that they were interested in the series. Last week, however, I received a call from a trusted source who informed me that BSkyB had picked up the series. After a couple of emails, I quickly learned that wasn’t the case as both Sky and Sony were quick to deny that any deals had been closed. I’m now being told that the series is in the crosshairs of more than one UK broadcaster. Sony are confident that there will be a UK deal for Last Resort and I hear that other interested broadcasters are thought to be Channel 4 and Channel 5, but I’m told that BSkyB is the frontrunner.

Revolution – The JJ Abrams series – which is a rare thing, a ratings winner for NBC! – was also widely discussed after the LA screenings as being a series that would “definitely land in the UK.” Again, late last week, I received a call informing me that BSkyB had picked up the series from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Much like Last Resort I was informed that no deals had been closed. I hear that a number of broadcasters (including Channel 4 and BSkyB) are bidding on the series and I’m told that BSkyB is the frontrunner. Sources tell TVWise that they expect the series to land soon, with one proclaiming that a deal with a UK broadcaster was “imminent.”

Beauty and the Beast – One of The CW’s new series, which is being distributed internationally by CBS Studios International, generated less chatter after the screenings, but was still discussed by several of my sources as a series they had their eye on. Multiple sources are telling me that CBS Studios International has closed a deal with a UK broadcaster for Beauty and the Beast. At present it is unclear which broadcaster has nabbed the UK rights. One source tells me Channel 5 has acquired the UK rights as the series is “the perfect companion for Once Upon A Time.” I have been unable to confirm that with Channel 5, however, and there is some chatter that the series may have landed at ITV2, Sky Living or one of UKTV’s channels. I hear that an announcement from the broadcaster who did land Beauty and the Beast could come down by the end of the week. Regardless, the series will be coming to the UK in 2013.