Sweden's TV4 Picks Up 'Terra Nova,' 'X Factor' and Zooey Deschanel's 'New Girl'

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Steven Spielberg sci-fi series among big hopefuls at international TV trade fair MIPCOM.

CANNES – The Steven Spielberg exec-produced sci-fi series Terra Nova has sold to Sweden, with the TV4 Group snatches exclusive rights in the territory for the time travel serial. Terra Nova has presold to BSkyB for the U.K. but many international broadcasters are taking a wait-and-see approach on the show, which bowed to mixed reviews on Fox in the U.S..

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With its huge budget – Terra Nova’s pilot alone is thought to have cost between $10 million - $20 million – the series needs to be a global hit if it is to recoup.

TV4, which has an output deal with 20th Century Fox TV Distribution, also picked up Fox’s reality format The X Factor featuring  Simon Cowell. The Swedish network plans to air the U.S. version of The X Factor immediately, ahead of a local-language take on the format, which will bow in the coming months. Also from Fox, TV4 scooped the network’s sitcom New Girl, which stars Zooey Deschanel. It will likely bow in Sweden on TV4’s digital cable channel TV4 Komedi.