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Viasat has inked for the exclusive free TV rights for "NCIS: Los Angeles," the spinoff of "NCIS" from CBS Studios International. Viasat will air the new series during spring 2010 on its terrestrial stations -- TV3 in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Viasat also is the current license holder of the original "NCIS" series, which continues to perform well across Scandinavia. Viasat and CBS also renewed a multiple-year licensing deal which includes "Dr. Phil" and "America's Next Top Model." The Scandi service also unveiled the launch of its TV1000 Russian Kino movie channel in Los Angeles on Time Warner Cable, following a similar deal for the New York City area with the same MSO in February.
BBC Worldwide Channels unveiled in Cannes a commission for a live-action children's series "Penelope K, By the Way," its first-ever original production for the international CBeebies channel. Set to debut on CBeebies in Australia next year, followed by CBeebies in the U.K. and around the world, the series was developed by Sydney-based Blink Films and pitched to CBeebies by producer Michael Bourchier. Selected from more than 100 submissions, the series was given the green light by Brendan Dahill, director of television at BBC Worldwide Channels Australasia, and by Michael Carrington, Controller of CBeebies UK.
The Jim Henson Co. has inked a broadcast agreement with Discovery Kids Latin America to air the CGI-animated series "Dinosaur Train," across the region. The deal follows previously announced agreements for the series with Nickelodeon (Australia), Selecta Vision (Spain), Al Jazeera (Middle East), Knowledge (British Columbia) and NRK (Norway), and is the second series to be acquired by the channel. The Latino service also airs Henson's Sid the Science Kid. Deal was unveiled Tuesday by Henson head of intl. sales Sam Ewing and Discovery Kids Latin America vp Bilai Joa Silar.
-- Elizabeth Guider