CBS STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES LICENSING AGREEMENT FOR NEW SERIES “FBI” AND “HAPPY TOGETHER” WITH TURNER INTERNATIONAL IN SPAIN
MADRID and AMSTERDAM – Oct. 3, 2018 – CBS Studios International has announced today licensing agreements with Turner International in Spain for the new Dick Wolf-produced drama FBI and the new comedy HAPPY TOGETHER. The two series will premiere later in 2018 on Turner’s pay TV channel, TNT.
FBI has already been licensed by a number of major international broadcasters including Digiturk in Turkey, RTL in Belgium, ProSiebenSat.1 Group in Germany, RAI in Italy and Corus in Canada, with additional agreements for both series currently being finalized.
“Our new slate of programming continues to spark interest amongst key broadcasters around the globe,” said Barry Chamberlain, President of Sales, CBS Studios International. “FBI and HAPPY TOGETHER will now join some of the biggest U.S. dramas and comedies on TNT in Spain.”
“These two purchases show the strength of TNT’s commitment to exclusively premiere the market’s most important U.S. comedies and dramas,” said Guillermo Farré, General Entertainment Channels Director South Europe, Turner International. “We are proud that TNT will be home to the latest productions of some of the industry’s key figures, such as Dick Wolf and Damon Wayans, Jr., and we’re convinced they’ll be big hits on TNT.”
FBI premiered in the U.S. on Sept. 25 and was the #1 new series in viewers, with over 10 million people watching.
From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Born into a multigenerational law enforcement family, Special Agent Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) commits deeply to the people she works with as well as those she protects. Her partner is Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan (Zeeko Zaki), a West Point graduate via Bushwick who spent two years undercover for the DEA before being cherry-picked by the FBI. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge, Dana Mosier (Sela Ward), who operates under intense pressure 24/7/365 and has undeniable command authority.
The team also includes Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine (Jeremy Sisto), the nerve center of the office whose ability to easily relate to and engage with both superiors and subordinates makes him a master motivator. Kristen Chazal (Ebonée Noel) is the team’s most valued resource, a brilliant analyst recruited straight out of university who can piece together the big picture faster than anyone. These first-class agents tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence.
Dick Wolf, Greg Plageman, Terry Miller, Noberto Barba, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski are executive producers for Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios. FBI is distributed internationally by CBS Studios International.
HAPPY TOGETHER stars Damon Wayans, Jr. and Amber Stevens West in a comedy about a 30-something happily married couple who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves, when a young pop star drawn to their super-ordinary suburban life unexpectedly moves in with them. Jake (Wayans, Jr.), an accountant, and his dream wife, Claire (West), a restaurant and bar designer, are very comfortably settled into their marriage, enjoying evenings together on the couch watching TV and scheduling time to change their outgoing voicemail message. Their tame routine gets a makeover when Jake’s client, exuberant music superstar Cooper James (Felix Mallard), arrives on their doorstep looking for refuge from the paparazzi following a high-profile breakup with his girlfriend. Jake and Claire quickly discover there’s no way they can keep up with their world-famous houseguest’s effortlessly cool, fast-paced lifestyle. Cooper, however, enjoys Jake and Claire’s more relaxed way of life, discovering that a touch of ordinary can be extraordinary for all three of them. Stephnie Weir stars as Claire’s mother, Bonnie; Victor Williams stars as Claire’s father, Gerald; and Chris Parnell stars as Cooper’s agent, Wayne.
Austen Earl, Tim McAuliffe, Ben Winston, Harry Styles, Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Berry are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Fulwell 73 and 3 Arts. Phill Lewis directed the pilot from a script by McAuliffe and Earl. HAPPY TOGETHER is distributed internationally by CBS Studios International.
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 programming from CBS Television Studios created for the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access and other platforms, as well as content from 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, including owning and operating Ten Network Holdings Australia 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.
About Turner International
Turner International operates versions of core Turner brands, including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage WarnerMedia’s global reach. Turner operates more than 180 channels showcasing 46 brands in 34 languages in over 200 countries. Turner International is a WarnerMedia company.
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