UKTV’s Alibi Channel Snaps Up Tandem’s ‘Crossing Lines’, Eyes Summer Premiere

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UKTV has agreed a deal with Tandem Communication to acquire the Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner fronted series for their Alibi channel, TVWise has learned.

Created and developed by Edward Allen Bernero and Rola Bauer, Crossing Lines is set in exotic locations and taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court to investigate serialized cross-border crimes and to hunt down global criminals. The series stars William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Moon Dailly, Richard Flood and Lara Rossi.

UKTV’s deal with Tandem Communications, which was brokered by UKTV’s Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Alexandra Finlay and Tandem’s Randall Broman, covers both the first and second seasons of Crossing Lines – which are set to air back-to-back on Alibi this Summer.

“Crossing Lines is a smart and fast-paced crime drama peppered with great characters, intrigue and amazing international locations”, said Adrian Wills, General Manager of Alibi. “It is a perfect fit for the channel and I’m confident it will prove compelling for our viewers.”

“Crossing Lines, headed by a stellar cast including Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner, is a stand out crime drama that will keep Alibi viewers on their toes and guessing throughout”, added Alexandra Finlay. “It’s a thriller with an international twist and will perfectly complement Alibi’s existing slate of programmes.”

This is the second UK licensing agreement that has been sealed for Crossing Lines since it hit the international market in 2012. Crossing Lines was previously acquired by Amazon Prime Instant Video, who hold first-run rights to both seasons of the series in the UK. Tandem has also lined up sales for Crossing Lines, which is co-commissioned by TF1 and Sony Pictures Television Networks, in more than 180 countries.