Premiere amps U.S. strategy


German pay TV channel Premiere is stocking up on U.S. series, acquiring German first-run rights to a slate of new shows including Iraq War drama "Over There" from Steven Bochco Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV/FX; "Brothers & Sisters" from Touchstone Television/ABC; and the Regency Television/FX drama "Thief" (HR 12/29).

The Munich-based channel also re-upped first-run pacts for "Lost," "Nip/Tuck" and "Criminal Minds."

The deals represent part of a broader strategy at Premiere, which is shifting to a more HBO-style approach, mixing first-run series with the traditional schedule of sports and films.