Conglom in buying spree for Spanish channels
TV group Mediaset Espana has inked free-to-air Spanish TV rights to 11 new U.S. dramas, including five upcoming ABC shows.The Alphabet package is led by the “Charlie’s Angels” remake — the most buzzed-about ABC entry at May’s L.A. Screenings. Other ABC Studios’ skeins include sudser “Revenge,” Shonda Rhimes-penned “Scandal,” Sean Bean starrer “Missing” and thriller “The River,” produced alongside DreamWorks TV. From CBS TV Studios comes “A Gifted Man,” as part of a deal that allows the Spanish broadcaster to choose four new CBS dramas over two years at the L.A. Screenings. CBS TV Studios series “Unforgettable,” has been acquired from Sony Pictures Television. From NBC, Mediaset Espana has taken tuner-drama “Smash,” net’s most anticipated pilot, and supernatural-themed show “Grimm.” Other Mediaset acquisitions for Spain include CW’s drama “Ringer,” toplining Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Syfy’s frosh skein “Alphas.” The dramas will air on core channel Telecinco plus TV services Cuatro, Divinity, Factoria de Ficcion, La Siete and Boing. This channel bouquet led Spain’s TV rankings in July, jointly nabbing a 28.7% aud share. Mediaset Espana’s appetite for U.S. programming has increased since the purchase of Prisa broadcaster Cuatro last year.