Sky Living Acquires UK Rights To CBS’ ‘Stalker’

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Sky Living has closed a deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast right to CBS’s upcoming drama series Stalker, TVWise has learned.

Created by Kevin Williamson, Stalker follows the detectives of the LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit who investigate stalking cases. Warner Bros Television and Outerbanks Entertainment produces the drama series, which stars Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q, Mariana Klaveno and Victor Rasuk.

Stalker was one of the hotter dramas being shopped to international buyers at the LA Screenings back in May. At the time, a source called the show a “much needed tonic” to Warner Bros’ otherwise comic book heavy slate. With the acquisition, Stalker becomes the second Kevin Williamson created series, distributed by Warner Bros, to land at BSkyB. The satcaster is also home Williamson’s Fox show The Following, which airs on their Sky Atlantic channel.

For Sky’s part, Stalker is the third broadcast show they’ve acquired from the upcoming season, following on from Sky1’s deals for The Flash and Forever. Stalker also joins a strong and fairly robust line up of US series on Sky Living. The channel is also the exclusive UK home to such series as Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Bones, The Blacklist, Elementary, Chicago Fire and Hannibal.

“I am delighted to be adding Stalker to the excellent line-up of quality US drama on the channel”, said Antonia Hurford-Jones, Director of Sky Living. “It’s that perfect mix of entertaining and terrifying that Kevin Williamson does so brilliantly. It’s guaranteed to have our customers on the edge of their seats as they watch. And checking under the bed and behind the curtains before they can sleep.”