UKTV has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast right to NBC’s upcoming drama series Believe for its Watch channel. The series, which hails from prolific producer J.J. Abrams, is expected to premiere on Watch in early 2014 alongside the new seasons of Grimm and Beauty And The Beast.
Penned by Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman, Believe follows Bo, a young girl with a gift; and Tate, a man who is about to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Sprung from prison, Tate is tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. The drama series is produced by Warner Bros. Television & Bad Robot Productions and stars Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Johnny Sequoyah, Sienna Guillory, Kyle MacLachlan, Jamie Chung and Arian Moayed. The executive producers are J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk.
“Believe was a standout show at the LA Screenings earlier this year and we are thrilled to have secured it for Watch and to be bringing such acclaimed industry talent as Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams to the channel”, said UKTV’s Director of Programme Acquisitions Catherine Mackin, who brokered the deal between UKTV and Warner Bros.
While Jeffrey Schlesinger, President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, added: “From the creative auspicious to the writing to the performances, Believe is a terrific series and we are pleased that it will have a great home on Watch in the U.K.”
The pick up of Believe is the latest high profile acquisition for UKTV. The commercial network also recently closed a deal with CBS Studios International to acquire TNT’s short-lived drama series King & Maxwell and is understood to be in talks with other international distributors with a view to picking up a number of new shows that were initially shopped at the LA Screenings in May. This is also the latest sale of the season for Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. The studio is having a good year, having now sold 50% of its slate of new shows to UK broadcasters; with Hostages going to Channel 4, Mom going to ITV2, The Originals to Syfy UK and The Tomorrow People to E4.
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