Following a heated bidding war, involving multiple UK broadcasters, Spike UK has struck a deal with international distributor Sky Vision for exclusive UK rights to ABC’s rebooted Battlebots, TVWise has learned.
The ‘substantial’ multi-season deal with Sky Vision will also see Spike UK share rights with sister net Channel 5. Battlebots will initally air on Spike UK this Summer, before airing on Channel 5 at a later date.
“Battlebots is boisterous, fun and hugely entertaining, and we are thrilled to be delivering more new and exclusive content to our Spike audience”, said Anna-Belen Dunlop, Acquisitions and Channel Manager for Spike UK.
In a similar vein to the BBC’s Robot Wars (which is also getting a reboot), Battlebots is hosted by Kenny Florian and Chris Rose and sees homemade robots battle against each other in a single elimination tournament until there is one champion. It is a reboot of the series of the same name, created by Ed Roski and Greg Munson, and is produced by Whalerock Industries and BattleBots Inc.
“Robotic combat fans throughout the UK will be very excited to see BattleBots, the world’s largest, and only professional, robot fighting sport on their screens”, said Rety Roski. “They’ll also see the very best robots from the UK and across the globe competing against the world’s strongest in some truly amazing battles.”
Sky Vision has been busy lining up international deals for Battlebots ever since they took on international distribution rights in April. The company has now sold the series to broadcasters in more than 100 territories, including Nine Network in Australia, Discovery in Germany, CEEMEA and Latin America, Bell Media in Canada, Sony Asia, and A&E Iberia.
“We are thrilled, not only to have made so many deals in such a short time, but also to have sold BattleBots to such great partners”, added Leona Connell, Director of Sales at Sky Vision. “Buyers are reacting swiftly and decisively with offers, and the Spike UK deal is testament to the mainstream primetime appeal of the show.”