CBS Par deal boosts Oz's Ten

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SYDNEY -- Network Ten will boost its daytime, late-night and factual programming under a new deal that enables it to sublicense CBS Paramount programming from rival Nine Network.

The new pact, ratified Wednesday in Sydney by CBS Paramount International TV president Armando Nunez, calls for programs including "Dr. Phil" and "Late Night with David Letterman," "60 Minutes" segments as well as other CBS news and current affairs content to move to Ten starting next year. While Ten will get exclusive rights to use U.S. "60 Minutes" stories, the license to use the "60 Minutes" brand in Australia stays with Nine.

Network Ten chief programming officer David Mott announced the deal at a glitzy 2007 programming launch Wednesday, unveiling next year's schedule to advertisers and media at Sydney's State Theater.

As well as the new CBS Paramount deal, Ten will gain access to 20th Century Fox programming beginning next September, after signing a new output deal with the studio earlier this year, taking Fox product away from the Seven Network.

Other new U.S. dramas to air on Ten next year include "3 lbs," "Raine" and sitcom "Rules of Engagement." These join such Ten studio acquisitions as "House," "NCIS," "Medium," "Jericho," the "Law and Order" franchise, "The Simpsons" and "Futurama."

In another landmark deal, Ten has acquired all TV rights to local hit comedy films "Kenny" and "Boytown." "Kenny" is the highest-grossing Australian movie of the year to date, taking AUS$6.9 million ($5.3 million) at the local boxoffice while "Boytown" is not far behind with AUS$2.9 million ($2.2 million). Ten has negotiated a shorter-than-normal TV window for the two features and will air them exclusively next year.

Ten's Australian product for next year will be led by the locally developed comedy format "Thank God You're Here," a second season of Australia's "The Biggest Loser," U.K. game show "The ConTest," telefilm "The Joanne Lees Story," a second series of Australia-U.K. co-production, "Tripping Over" as well as "Big Brother 7" and a fourth season of "Australian Idol."

Ten also has grabbed exclusive TV rights to the 2007 Rugby World Cup that takes place in France in September.
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