Thursday, July 09, 2015
Sky1 Acquires UK Rights To ABC’s ‘The Muppets’
From TV Wise
Sky1 has secured the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to ABC’s reboot of The Muppets after striking a deal with international distributor Disney Media Distribution.
The show’s first season is expected to premiere later this year, shortly after it debuts on ABC in the US.
Notably, this marks the first deal that a UK broadcaster has struck for a new show from the upcoming 2015-2016 season since the LA Screenings back in May. The Muppets was always considered a lock for a UK sale, however, with numerous UK broadcasters including the BBC and ITV having expressed some interest in the show. Sky announced the acquisitions during an event in which they presented their programming line-up for the next year.
“The addition of The Muppets to Sky’s schedule builds on our long, successful relationship with the UK broadcaster”, added Dayna Donaldson, General Manager of Disney Media Distribution for the UK and Ireland. “We are delighted to bring the much-loved characters and universally cheeky storylines to Sky’s already powerful slate of Disney content across the Sky portfolio, including Sky Movies Disney and ABC Studios’ Scandal and Criminal Minds.”
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