Universal Channel Acquires UK Rights To Canadian Drama Series ‘Motive’

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Universal Channel has closed a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast right to Canadian drama series Motive, which was just recently renewed for a second season by CTV.

Created by Daniel Cerone, Motive follows Vancouver homicide detective Angie Flynn on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers. The series follows both Flynn and her team and the killer, giving the audience the opportunity to delve inside the mind of a criminal and understand their motive. The series is produced Foundation Features & Lark Productions in association with Bell Media and stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing), Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe), Lauren Holly (NCIS), Roger Cross (24), Brendan Penny (The Assistants) and Cameron Bright (Twilight).

Speaking of the acquisition of Motive, James Newton, Director of Universal Channel, said: “Motive puts a distinctive reverse twist on the procedural crime drama, with each episode piecing together the clues of a murder to reveal not only who committed the crime, but why. As we prepare to take Universal Channel into the next exciting phase of its development, we’re confident that viewers will love the combination of compelling characters, intrigue and action found in Motive.”

This is the latest acquisition for the Universal Networks International owned channel and follows the recent acquisition of A&E’s drama series Bates Motel, currently slated for an Autumn premiere. Universal Channel is also home to a number of first run series in the UK, including TNT’s Major Crimes and USA Network’s Psych & Royal Pains. The channel was also previously home to A&E’s drama series Breakout Kings, however, Universal dropped the series after one season due to low ratings.