Scripps, BBC Worldwide U.K. TV Network Venture Acquires 'Believe'

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UKTV inks a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for the Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams show.

LONDON – UKTV, the multi-channel network operator owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, has inked a deal for Believe, written and produced by filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and exec produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Star Trek: Into Darkness).

The show details the story of a young girl with supernatural powers who is placed under the protection of an escaped death row inmate who must shield her from the mysterious forces out to hunt her down.

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UKTV’s flagship entertainment channel, Watch, will air the supernatural thriller, marking the show's U.K. premiere.

UKTV struck the British deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and is scheduled to air on Watch in early 2014.

Watch’s general manager Steve Hornsey described the show as being "laced with intricate twists and turns" and said Believe "perfectly embodies Watch’s brand position of showcasing compelling, out of the ordinary programming."

Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo and Kyle MacLachlan star in the show.

The deal was brokered by UKTV’s director of program acquisitions Catherine Mackin

Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution president Jeffrey Schlesinger said: "From the creative auspices to the writing to the performances, Believe is a terrific series and we are pleased that it will have a great home on Watch in the U.K."

Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time) and Arian Moayed (The Following) also star in the series, which is produced by Bonanza Productions. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Believe was created by Cuaron, who directed the pilot episode and serves as executive producer on the series, along with Abrams, Bryan Burk (Star Trek), Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) and Hans Tobeason (Damages).

Kathy Lingg (Person of Interest) is co-executive producer.

Believe debuts in midseason on NBC in the U.S. and joins other American acquisitions on Watch's lineup, including GrimmPerception and Beauty and the Beast.