E4 Acquires UK Rights To ‘Containment’ & ‘Rush Hour’ In WB Deal


E4 has closed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution to acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to The CW’s Cordon adaptation Containment and CBS’ Rush Hour reboot, TVWise has learned. Both series are expected to premiere on E4 in 2016.

Containment opens as an epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, To combat the outbreak, a large city wide quarantine is quickly enforced, leaving those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. The drama is produced by Warner Bros Television and stars David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence and Trevor St. John. The Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec penned the script and will executive produce alongside director David Nutter.

Rush Hour (1) [Hi Res]Based on the feature film of the same name, Rush Hour follows a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. The drama is produced by Warner Bros Television and stars Justin Hires, Jon Foo, Aimee Garcia and Wendie Malick. Bill Lawrence & Blake McCormick penned the script and will executive produce alongside Arthur Sarkissian, Brett Ratner and Jeff Ingold.

Both series join a strong line-up of first run imports on Channel 4’s youth-skewing E4 that also includes The Big Bang Theory, Nashville, 2 Broke Girls, Baby Daddy, Melissa & Joey, New Girl, The Mindy Project, The 100, Supernatural, Jane The Virgin and Fox’s hit music drama Empire, which is returning to the channel for a second season this Autumn.

This deal between E4 and WBITD also represents the latest licensing agreement that UK broadcaster has closed for an upcoming show from the 2015-2016 broadcast season since the recent LA Screenings. Sky1 previously did an early deal with Disney for ABC’s reboot of The Muppets, while the satcaster is also understood to be in talks with Warner Bros for the UK rights to both DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (for Sky1) and Blindspot (for Sky Living). Deals are also presently being hammered out by a myriad of UK broadcasters for such shows as Mr Robot, Billions and Supergirl.

  • Tezza

    Why is no one buying Reign from the CW, especially as there is a guaranteed 3 season hence lots of episodes resulting in lots of advertising and viewers, as opposed to new shows such as Containment and Rush Hour which might be cancelled immediately?

  • Scott Tait

    E4 are dumber than they look if they are paying for half a show!!!!