Sky Calls In ‘FBI’; UK Pay-TV Giant Strikes Deal For CBS Studios International’s Crime Drama

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Sky is calling in Dick Wolf’s FBI after striking an expanded licensing deal with CBS Studios International.
The UK pay-TV giant has bought the drama, which is CBS’ biggest new series of the year. Produced by Universal Television in association with CBS…

‘Late Late Show With James Corden’ to Stream in China Under New iQIYI Deal

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“The Late Late Show With James Corden” will now be available for streaming in China, thanks to a new licensing agreement between CBS Studios International and one of China’s largest streaming platforms, iQIYI, the studio announced Wednesday.

The deal marks the first time the late-night series will be available in China, with current and past episodes on demand.

“It’s exciting to join forces with iQIYI to bring the supreme talent of James Corden and the star power of his guests to Chinese audiences,” said Armando Nuñez, president and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “Mobile viewing dominates iQIYI’s subscriber base, making it the perfect platform for ‘The Late Late Show’s inventive content and viral moments.”

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“We are so honored and excited that our show is now available in China. We hope people enjoy watching it as much as we enjoy making it,” said “Late Late Show” executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe.

Added an iQIYI spokesperson: “We are more than delighted to bring ‘The Late Late Show’ to our platform. We believe the one and only James Corden will also be well recognized by millions of Chinese audiences. iQIYI is always seeking to provide premium entertainment programming to our users. We want to collaborate and partner with CBS Studios International as it is one of the leading international content providers.”

“The Late Late Show” is produced by CBS Television Studios, in association with Fulwell 73. Winston and Crabbe serve as executive producers. The late-night series is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.

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‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ Heads To China After CBS Studios International Strikes iQIYI Deal

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James Corden is heading to after CBS Studios International struck a deal with streaming platform iQIYI for The Late Late Show.
The deal marks the first time that the late-night talk show will be available in China with with current and past episodes av…

CBS Studios International Lines Up Israeli Crime Drama ‘District Y’ With ‘Homeland’ & ‘Fauda’ Team

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CBS is co-producing Israeli drama District Y from the team behind Fauda and Homeland – its first non-English language international co-production.
CBS Studios International has partnered with Alon Aranya’s Paper Plane Productions, Fauda and False…

CBS Studios International and ‘Fauda’ Team Unite for ‘District Y’ Drama Series

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CBS Studios International will team with some of Israel’s top TV drama talent on Israeli crime series “District Y.” “Fauda” and “False Flag” writer Leora Kamenetzky will pen the show. Pubcaster Kan will air the series in Israel, and Paper Plane and L. …

CBS Studios International To Shop Australian Quiz Format ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’ Globally

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CBS Studios International has snapped up the global rights to Australian quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention? The move is a rare international pick up for the sales division of the U.S. studio, which will sell the format to global broadcasters alo…

The CW’s ‘Charmed’ & CBS’ ‘Happy Together’ Head To UK’s E4 Via CBS Studios International Deal

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The CW’s reboot of Charmed and CBS’ Harry Styles-exec produced comedy Happy Together are heading to the UK after CBS Studios International closed a deal with Channel 4.
Charmed, which stars Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffrey, will launch…

Showtime’s ‘Escape At Dannemora’ To Have World Premiere At Mipcom In October

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Showtime drama Escape at Dannemora is set to have its world premiere at Mipcom in October with exec producer and director Ben Stiller attending the event in Cannes.
The eight-part prison break drama, which is set to air on the premium cable network lat…

CBSI Strikes RTL Belgium Deal; Walter Presents Buys Dramas; NBCU Backs Oz Drama Indie – Global Briefs

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Dick Wolf’s FBI, the reboot of Charmed and Aaron Kaplan’s A Million Little Things are heading to Belgium after CBS Studios International closed a deal with RTL. The shows are part of a multi-year licensing agreement that also includes the rights to bro…

‘FBI’ & ‘Charmed’ Head To Turkey As CBS Studios International Strikes Major Deal With Digiturk

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FBI, A Million Little Things and Charmed are among the U.S. shows heading to Turkey after local pay-TV operator Digiturk struck a multi-series deal with CBS Studios International.
The pay broadcaster has struck a deal to exclusively broadcast the Holly…

‘NCIS’, ‘The Good Wife’ & ‘Reign’ Head To Japanese SVOD Service U-Next After CBS Studios International Deal

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CBS’ slate of long-running procedurals are going digital in Japan after SVOD service U-Next struck a deal with the Hollywood studio’s international sales arm.
The digital platform has struck a multi-series, multi-year deal with CBS Studios Internationa…

LA Screenings 2018: 1,500 Global Buyers Eye Hot Broadcast Dramas & Comedies As Event Heads Into New Era

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The LA Screenings, the annual shopping trip for foreign TV buyers, is currently in full swing with hundreds of global broadcasters and SVOD services moving between the Hollywood studios to hunt down the next breakout network hit and, hopefully, pick up…

CBS Studios International Secures Global Rights To Kapital Entertainment’s ABC Drama ‘A Million Little Things’

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CBS Studios International has secured the global rights to ABC drama A Million Little Things – marking the first Kapital Entertainment-produced series for a third-party network that the distribution division will sell since its deal with producer…

CBS Studios International Strikes First-Look Deal With ‘Hostages’ Producer Alon Aranya

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CBS Studios International has closed a first-look deal with Alon Aranya’s Paper Plane Productions, the man responsible for remaking global formats including Hostages and Red Widow in the U.S.
The producer will develop and produce a raft of premium inte…

‘The Good Wife’: First-Look At Russian Remake Of CBS Legal Drama

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Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick is one of the most iconic female protagonists on television in recent years and now she’s getting a Russian makeover.
The CBS drama is being remade by Sony Pictures-owned producer Lean-M for Russian broadcaster NTV, which has released the first-look at the local adaptation. Alexandra Ursulyak is playing the main character, who must return to her legal career after her husband, an attorney in the Leningrad region, played by Alexander…

Gunpowder Sales; James Corden UK Deal; Fremantle/BBCW Benelux; All3M Australia – Global Briefs

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British mini-series Gunpowder, which stars Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington and Liv Tyler, is blowing up around the world after distributor Endemol Shine International closed a raft of deals. It has sold the three-part series, which is produced by Kudos for BBC One and airs on HBO in the U.S., to RTL (Germany), Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (Japan), DBS Satellite (Israel), Discovery (Italy), Lightbox (New Zealand) and across a slew of BBC Worldwide-branded channels in…

CBS Breaks Revenue, Earnings Records in Q4 – and for All of 2017

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CBS recorded record revenues and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) over the final quarter of 2017 — and for the whole year, too. Thank goodness for that adjustment, though. You’ll see what we mean in a bit.

Wall Street had forecasted Q4 earnings of $1.14 per share on $3.7 billion in revenue, per a Yahoo Finance compilation of media analysts. On Thursday, CBS reported EPS of $1.20 on $3.9 billion in revenue. Both of those were new all-time highs.

Along with the solid dollars and cents, company Chairman and CEO Les Moonves touted a combined near-5 million subscribers at CBS All Access and Showtime’s over-the-top offering combined. Executives did not break down the numbers more granularly than that.

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CBS Corporation’s overall fourth quarter revenue grew 11 percent year over year. Pitching in the most on a percentage basis were the company’s content licensing and distribution revenues, which combined for a 33 percent increase. Additionally, affiliate and subscription fee revenues were up 20 percent — that one is thanks to a 31 percent increase in retransmission revenues and fees from affiliates and from CBS All Access and Showtime’s individual streaming services.

Combining CBS Television Network, CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, Network Ten, CBS Interactive, and CBS Films, the company’s entertainment revenue increased 18 percent in Q4. Advertising revenues were up 4 percent, driven by the addition of Australia’s Network Ten, which CBS acquired in November.

All told, operating income at the entertainment segment increased 25 percent in the fourth quarter, despite increased spending at CBS All Access.

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On the cable end — Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, and Smithsonian Networks — while revenues were up 9 percent, operating income slipped 8 percent. That dichotomy was due to higher programming spend at Showtime.

The CBS-owned Simon & Schuster grew publishing revenue 12 percent over the recent 90-day period. Local CBS stations saw revenue slip 14 percent on the loss of political advertising.

Without its big adjustment covering tax reform, a pension settlement and restructuring charges, CBS posted a net loss of $41 million. That is better than last year’s $113 million net loss over the comparable three-month period. The corporation completed its split-off of CBS Radio this past November.

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“I’m very pleased to report that CBS turned in outstanding fourth-quarter results, including double-digit revenue growth and our 32nd consecutive quarter of EPS growth, capping off a very strong year in 2017,” said Moonves. “The CBS Corporation produces many of the most-valuable programming franchises in the world, reaching more viewers than anyone else. This gives us a tremendous advantage as streaming becomes more central to our distribution strategy. As a result, we now have nearly five million subscribers at CBS All Access and Showtime OTT combined. When you add this to our retrans and skinny bundle subscribers, our total subscriber base continues to grow at an accelerated pace.”

“With the backdrop of this changing business model, and the completed separation of our radio business during the fourth quarter, we now have even greater visibility into our operations,” he continued. “Specifically, we expect 2018 to be another strong year for the CBS Corporation, with revenue growth in the high-single digits and EPS growth in the high teens from the record $4.40 we’re reporting to you today. So we feel very good about the growth path before us, and we continue to have great confidence in our ability to deliver for our shareholders.”

Shares of CBS stock closed Thursday at $56.74, up 88 cents apiece. The stock price inched up further after-hours.

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Amazon Bulks Up In Europe With Originals & The Good Fight Acquisition

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Amazon is bulking up its European television services with a number of new originals in France and Germany as well as a major acquisition of U.S. legal drama The Good Fight.
The SVOD service has ordered German crime drama Beat, set in Berlin’s music scene. The show, which stars Berlin Station’s Jannis Niewohner, is produced by Hellinger/Doll Filmproduktion, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany and Pantaleon Films. It tells the story of a human organ trafficking ring in…

CBS’ ‘Hollywood Squares’ Goes to India

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CBS Studios International’s long-running game show, “Hollywood Squares” is to be produced in India with a flavor reflecting Telugu-language film celebrities. “Tollywood Squares” will air from Jan. 27 on the Viu India digital platform and on pay-TV channel Star MAA. Format rights to the show were acquired by Delhi-based investment banking firm Morris Street Advisors. […]

Sky Picks Up Freshman CBS Dramas Seal Team & Instinct

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David Boreanaz and Alan Cumming are heading to the UK after pay-TV broadcaster Sky picked up freshman CBS dramas Seal Team and Instinct. Sky struck the UK deal for the two series with CBS Studios International.
Seal Team, which has already been handed a full season order will air on Sky One. The show, which stars 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…