CBS STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL LICENSES FIRST-WINDOW BROADCAST RIGHTS FOR “SEAL TEAM” AND “INSTINCT” TO SKY IN THE U.K.
LOS ANGELES, LONDON and AMSTERDAM – Dec. 01, 2017 – CBS Studios International announced today that it has licensed the first-window broadcast rights to Sky U.K. for new drama SEAL TEAM, starring David Boreanaz, and new midseason series INSTINCT, starring Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic. SEAL TEAM will be broadcast on Sky One and INSTINCT on Sky Living. Both series will premiere in 2018, furthering the partnership between CBS and Sky already established with hit shows such as Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary and Blue Bloods.
“U.K. audiences will be thrilled to see two of television’s top talents, David Boreanaz and Alan Cumming, back on their screens,” said Stephen Tague, executive vice president, Europe, CBS Studios International. “SEAL TEAM and INSTINCT are classic CBS programming, they have broad, mass appeal and will deliver powerful performances and intelligent storylines to the viewers of Sky One and Sky Living.”
Lucy Criddle, head of acquisitions, Sky UK said: “Sky is delighted to welcome two terrific new U.S. series to our portfolio, building on our long, successful relationship with CBS. SEAL TEAM starring David Boreanaz starts on Sky One and is already a hit in the U.S. The show brings David back to the Sky family having starred in previous Sky series Bones, Buffy and Angel. As the home of the best-loved US network dramas, new crime drama INSTINCT is a perfect fit for Sky Living, the show is sure to make it to the top of our customers’ ‘must watch’ list.”
In the U.S., CBS has given a full season order to SEAL TEAM, which ranks as Wednesday’s #1 program in viewers averaging 10.26 million viewers, according to Nielsen most current ratings.
SEAL TEAM stars David Boreanaz as top unit officer Jason Hayes and follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions a country can ask of them. Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds.
SEAL TEAM is produced by CBS Television Studios and distributed internationally by CBS Studios International, and Benjamin Cavell, Ed Redlich, Christopher Chulack, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly serve as executive producers.
Based on the James Patterson and Howard Roughan book “Murder Games,” INSTINCT stars Alan Cumming as Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Dr. Reinhart is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case, comes out of retirement and taps into his old skill set.
INSTINCT is produced by CBS Television Studios and distributed internationally by CBS Studios International. Michael Rauch, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin (Secret Hideout), James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Alan Cumming serve as executive producers. Webb directed the pilot.
About CBS Studios International
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, SHOWTIME Networks, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. The Studio participates in a number of international channel ventures and also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production. CBS Studios International has 13 offices around the world, including its base in Los Angeles and EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.
Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company, serving 22.5 million customers across seven countries - UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The company has annual revenues of £12.9 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with annual programming spend of over £6 billion.
From exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime, to Sky Original Productions, Sky offers the best and broadest range of content along with the best viewing experience to suit each and every customer. Whether that’s through the multi-award winning next generation box, Sky Q, or Sky’s contract-free online streaming service, NOW TV, customers have access to the latest movies, drama, sports and kids entertainment wherever and whenever they like. This is all supported by Sky’s best in class customer service.
Sky’s success is not just based on what the company does but how it does it. Named as one of the Top 10 Green Companies in the World by Newsweek, one of the world’s most recognised rankings of business’s environmental performance, Sky ensures its responsible business strategy is embedded right across the group.
Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as one of The Times Top 50 employers for women. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).
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