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Canadian broadcaster Bell Media has grabbed the exclusive first-window rights to Lionsgate’s Manhattan for its upstart SVOD, code-named Project Latte.
Bell Media has also licensed the supernatural comedy Deadbeat from Lionsgate and the police procedural Bosch from Red Arrow International as Project Latte gets set to battle Netflix Canada for streaming audiences north of the border. Manhattan, which airs on WGN America in the U.S., stars John Benjamin Hickey and centers on the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
The Tyler Labine-starring stoner comedy Deadbeat was recently renewed for a second season on Hulu. And Bosch, a crime thriller that stars Titus Welliver as a hard-boiled L.A. homicide detective, is produced by Fabrik Entertainment for Amazon Studios.
Project Latte, to launch by the end of the year, earlier announced content deals with HBO, Sony Pictures Television, Viacom and BBC Worldwide. Bell Media will debut its SVOD with approximately 10,000 hours of TV programming, offering Canadian subscribers the chance to catch up on top-rated U.S. and Canadian shows and an HBO back catalog never fully exploited in Canada.
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