UKTV is expanding their relationship with Disney.
The commercial network, which is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, has sealed a deal with Disney Media Distribution for the exclusive UK rights to Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, FBI drama Quantico and medical drama Code Black. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Code Black will air on Watch, while Quantico will air on Alibi.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders follows a division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in danger abroad. Erica Messer penned the script for the pilot, which aired as an episode of the original Criminal Minds. The drama is produced by ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company and stars Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney and Tyler James. The executive producers are Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Nick Pepper.
Medical drama Code Black, from Michael Seitzman and ABC Studios, is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Raza Jaffrey, Luis Guzman, Melanie Kannokada, Harry M. Ford, Ben Hollingsworth and William Allen Young. Michael Seitzman, Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Ryan McGarry executive produce.
Quantico follows a diverse group of recruits who have arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. The series, which was created by Josh Safran, is set up at ABC Studios and stars Priyanka Chopra, Dougray Scott, Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington and Graham Rogers. The executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper.
This three-series deal comes after UKTV’s Director of Programme Acquisitions Catherine Mackin and Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Alexandra Finlay told TVWise ahead of the LA Screenings that medical and crime procedurals were on their shopping lists for Alibi, Watch and Dave, with Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders being identified early on as a potential target.
Notably, this also further extends UKTV’s relationship with Disney after the two previously pacted on such series as Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Body Of Proof and Castle. “We’re thrilled that our relationship with Disney and ABC Studios is extending further with this significant package”, said Finlay. “These are three of the most hotly-anticipated shows from the LA Screenings, and it’s a great coup for UKTV to have secured them.”
“Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Quantico epitomize ABC Studios’ irresistible high production values, smart, emotional storytelling, and feature appealing global talent”, added Dayna Donaldson, General Manager for Disney Media Distribution, UK & Ireland. “We can’t wait to work with UKTV to launch them to British and Irish viewers.”