WBTV's int'l unit snags rights to 'Conan'

Schlesinger: Show will appeal to 'audiences around the world'

Warner Bros. international TV unit has snapped up foreign rights to handle Conan O'Brien's new late-night talk show, "Conan," debuting this November on cabler TBS.

The deal, for which no financial details were made available, was unveiled on the eve of the MIPCOM TV trade show, which unspools in Cannes next week, and was announced by Jeffrey Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. International Television.
 
"There is no question that Conan's new late-night show is one of the most highly anticipated new series coming this fall in the U.S.," said Schlesinger. "Combine Conan's comedic talents and proven late-night track record with the additional freedom of being on cable, and this is certain to make this entertaining, star-studded hit series very interesting and funny to broadcasters and audiences around the world."
 
As a general rule U.S. late-night talkers don't garner the kind of ratings or license fees that dramas or sitcoms do in international syndication, though English-lingo territories tend to be kinder to them.
 
"Conan" will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. on TBS in the U.S., followed at midnight by Telepictures Prods.' "Lopez Tonight," which is also distributed abroad by WBITD.
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