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'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Xena: Warrior Princess' Returning to German TV

Battlestar Gallactica
Tele 5 will relaunch "Battlestar Gallactica" on German free-TV next month.

Germany's Tele 5 signs a package deal with NBCUniversal that includes several cult sci-fi and fantasy series, including "Hercules" and the Vin Diesel action pic "Pitch Black."

COLOGNE, Germany -- Tele 5, the German commercial network controlled by rights giant Tele-Munchen Group, has signed a package deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution that will see several cult sci-fi and fantasy series, including Battlestar Galactica, Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules, return to German free-TV.

The deal, announced by Tele 5 program director Thomas Friedl, also includes several feature films from NBCUniversal's library, among them the Vin Diesel sci-fi actioner Pitch Black (2000) and James Wan's horror title Dead Silence (2007).

The Munich-based channel is coming off a strong year, in which it saw double-digit revenue growth and its market share (in its target 20-59 demographic) grow slightly to 1.4 percent in primetime.