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British broadcaster Channel 5, which Viacom recently acquired, has struck a licensing deal with CBS Studios International for the exclusive free-to-air U.K. TV rights to dramas CSI: Cyber and NCIS: New Orleans.
“It’s an incredibly special year to have two spinoffs of the world’s most popular television franchises,” said Stephen Tague, senior vp, Europe for CBS Studios International. “Both CSI and NCIS are pillars of the Channel 5 schedule, and this deal gives loyal viewers access to the latest versions of these immensely popular programs.”
Channel 5’s head of acquisitions Katie Keenan said: “CSI and NCIS are record-breaking franchises. It’s great to be bringing the next installments of both shows to Channel 5. Our viewers will love Patricia Arquette’s show-stealing performance in CSI: Cyber and the fantastic ensemble cast led by Scott Bakula in NCIS: New Orleans.”
CSI: Cyber stars Arquette as a cyber-psychologist who tracks “crimes that start in the mind, live online and play out in the real world.” The show also stars James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Charley Koontz and Shad Mos. It is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and distributed globally by CBS Studios International.
NCIS: New Orleans is about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy. Bakula plays the team leader, a native of New Orleans, who is driven by his need to do what is right. The show also stars Lucas Black and Zoe McLellan.
Later in the day, CBS Studios International said the new spinoffs are being licensed to more than 200 international markets. NCIS: New Orleans has also been picked up by the likes of France’s M6, ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany, RAI in Italy and Australia’s Ten Network, along with Fox International Channels in Asia. CSI: Cyber has also been licensed to the likes of RTL in Germany, Ten in Australia and Sony’s AXN in Latin America.
Oct. 14, 1:45 a.m. Updated with additional deals in international markets.
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