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In Variety’s fourth Mipcom roundup, E4 buys U.K. linear rights to “Star Trek: Discovery,” All3Media sells drama package to Pickbox Now, African broadcasters buy 800 hours of content from BBC Studios, France’s Serieclub acquires offbeat Norwegian comedy, ZDF and Red Balloon team for young adult book adaptation, and Viacom and Youku partner on kids’ animation.
The U.K.’s E4 has acquired the linear television rights to “Star Trek: Discovery” from CBS Studios International. “Star Trek: Discovery,” which has aired on Netflix in the U.K. since its launch in 2017, will air on the youth-skewing channel E4 in 2020. E4 has also picked up new CBS comedy “Man With a Plan” starring Matt LeBlanc from CBS. Barry Chamberlain, president of sales at CBS Studios International, said: “Channel 4 is already a licensee for several of our top-rated franchises, including ‘The Good Fight’ and ‘Charmed,’ and we are confident they will have continued success with “Star Trek: Discovery” and ‘Man With a Plan.'”
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Distributor All3Media International has sold more than 25 hours of drama to SVOD platform Pickbox Now, which covers Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Pickbox Now has acquired the first installment of Company Pictures’ psychological thriller “Blood,” which played on Channel 5 in 2018. The deal also features four titles from All3Media’s scripted label Two Brothers Pictures, including “Back to Life,” “Baptiste,” “Strangers” and “Cheat.” Ranka Horvat, acquisition specialist at Pickbox Now, said: “I’m very pleased to work with the All3Media international team on our first drama acquisition.”
BBC Studios has licensed more than 800 hours of content to clients across Africa. This includes the first-ever agreement between BBC Studios and the Seychelles Broadcasting Company for more than 150 hours of BBC Studios content to air on SBC1 and SBC2 channels, including dramas “The Durrells” and “Doctor Foster.” In Kenya, BBC...
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