Sci Fi channel gets 'V' for first run

Part of a package of new shows from Warner Brothers int'l TV

LONDON -- NBC Universal's Sci Fi channel has acquired first run U.K. rights to premiere the remake of 18x60 alien lizard drama "V" as part of a package of new shows from Warner Brothers International Television, after outbidding a slew of terrestrial networks, it was announced Tuesday.

The package also includes a TV version of "The Witches of Eastwick," to air on NBC's U.K. version of Hallmark Channel and upcoming drama "Human Target," as well as "Smallville" to air on Sci Fi U.K.

"This deal is significant not only because we are licensing three of our new shows to one client, but also because it [NBCU] is a basic multichannel operator that has stepped up to outbid all of the free terrestrial networks to acquire the first-window rights to these three high-profile programs," said WBIDT president Jeffrey Schlesinger.

Laurence Dawkin-Jones, managing director of NBC Universal Global Networks, said the shows were "some of the most talked about shows to come out of the LA screenings this year" and would be a "perfect fit" with our channels.
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