Channel 6 to air NBC U drama series

HOLLYWOOD — Ireland’s commercial station Channel 6 has licensed NBC U’s “Heroes” and will begin airing the drama series next week.

Deal was agreed upon during the recent NATPE confab in Vegas but only unveiled Monday. No financial details were available, but generally Irish rights to American series, while on a uptick, are way below the extravagant prices paid in the past year or so by British broadcasters for Yank series.

“New shows are always a risk, but I think the strength of the ensemble cast coupled with its imaginative storyline will win fans in Ireland just as it has in the U.S.,” said Michael Murphy, founder and head of programs for the Dublin-based station.

Channel 6 will have exclusive first-run, free TV broadcast rights to the first season of “Heroes” in the Republic of Ireland.

Previously, Channel 6 acquired rights to “House” and “The Office” as well as to a number of movies from NBC U’s international distribution arm. 

Channel 6 launched in March and is distributed via cable and satellite. It’s backed by a number of private investors and venture capital groups, including Pat Donnelly, former CEO of Aegis Media, who is executive chairman.

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