RTL, NBC Uni ink for TV package


COLOGNE, Germany -- RTL Television has signed a major package deal with NBC Universal International Television for German rights to such films as "Miami Vice" and TV shows including comedy crime series "Psych."

With "Psych," RTL hopes to replicate the success it has had with another offbeat crime series, "Monk."

"Monk," which stars Golden Globe-winner Tony Shalhoub as an obsessive compulsive detective, has been a ratings giant for RTL and one of the most successful U.S. shows on air in Germany.

As with "Psych," "Monk" was originally developed for the USA Network. The show's story line -- a novice detective pretends to be a psychic to get a crack at solving cases -- features a similar mix of crime and comedy.

RTL spokesman Dirk Schweitzer called "Psych" "the perfect complement" to "Monk" for RTL's schedule.

Actioner "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"; family film "Nanny McPhee," starring Emma Thompson; "The Break-Up," with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; and "You Me and Dupree," starring Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon, are among the top film titles in the RTL package.

RTL also picked up rights to several NBC Universal library titles including rap drama "8 Mile" and fantasy action films "Van Helsing" and "The Mummy Returns."

RTL's NBC Uni deal also includes rights for the NBC hit "Heroes" through a separate deal with RTL2, the Munich-based network controlled by RTL, Tele Munchen Group, Bauer Media and Hubert Burda Media Holding.

RTL and NBC Universal declined comment on financial details.
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