Global division to co-finance Stephen King drama
Universal Networks Intl., the newly rebranded global channels unit of NBC Universal, has signed on to co-finance the Stephen King drama “Haven.”Separately on Monday, another international co-production — the Canuck procedural drama “Flashpoint” — got some good news: CBS has renewed the show for an additional 13 episodes. In the case of “Haven,” E1 Entertainment is behind the show — based on the King novella “The Colorado Kid” — and will produce 13 episodes (Daily Variety, Sept. 28). Universal has acquired exclusive pay TV rights across the globe except for the U.S., Canada and Scandinavia, where distribution is still being sought. Deal reps E1’s first major pact with Universal Networks Intl. As for “Flashpoint,” show is a co-production of CBS TV Studios and Canada’s CTV, with Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment. Show, which premiered in July 2008 and aired on Fridays last season, will return later this season.