Canada's Rogers Media buys U.S. series

CW lineup part of Shine Reveille deal

TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media has bought Media Rights Capital's scripted series slate, including the CW's Sunday night lineup, as part of a deal with Shine Reveille International.

Toronto-based Rogers acquired the drama "Valentine Inc.," from Kevin Murphy ("Reaper"), and the midseason series "F.A.T. City," "Surviving the Filthy Rich" and "Easy Money."

Rogers, which recently acquired five youth-skewing Citytv stations nationwide, also picked up the animated series "The Life and Times of Tim" and "The Goode Family," and the comedy series "Rita Rocks," "Outnumbered" and "Krod Mandoon."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Canadian multi-title deal, coming out of the Los Angeles Screenings, follows Shine Reveille, the international sales and distribution arm of the Shine Group, forming a joint venture with Media Rights Capital to distribute its product internationally.

Earlier, Rogers Media picked up NBC Universal's "Crusoe" for Friday at 8 p.m., and a handful of Fox midseason series that didn't go to rival CanWest Media.

Besides the Citytv stations, Rogers Media owns and operates a string of Omni-branded multicultural TV stations; Rogers Sportsnet, Canada's regional sports channel; and the Shopping Channel.
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