New life overseas for Jackson special

Several international deals closed for 2001 CBS show

TV distributor Alfred Haber has closed a number of international deals for the 2001 CBS special "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration," which was produced by David Gest.

New licensing deals have been inked with Channel 5 in the U.K., NHK in Japan, Televisa in Mexico, A&E Mundo in Latin America, NRK in Norway, e.tv in South Africa, ABS-CBN in the Philippines and RCTI in Indonesia. No financial details were available.

The two-hour special, owned by Gest's World Events, is one of the highest-rated musical specials in TV history. No word on whether CBS plans its own rerun.

At the time of its 2001 broadcast, the show repped the King of Pop's first live U.S. performance in 11 years and the first reunion with his brothers in 17. According to Nielsen Media Research, 45 million people watched all or part of the special.

Jackson performed solo hits including "Billie Jean," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Beat It." Guest performers included Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Luther Vandross and Marc Anthony.

Forty-year-old Haber Distribution specializes in licensing variety and award shows like the Grammys and musical specials.
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