Pay TV operator nabs 'Hart of Dixie'

LONDON — UKTV, a growing force in the U.K. acquisitions market, has nabbed exclusive British TV rights to J.J. Abrams’ thriller “Alcatraz.”

The pay TV operator, owned by the BBC and Scripps, also secured another skein from Warner Bros. International Television, medical laffer “Hart of Dixie.”

Deals were made by UKTV’s director of program acquisitions Catherine Mackin, and Warner Bros. International Television prexy Jeffrey Schlesinger.

“Alcatraz” will air on UKTV’s flagship web Watch, while “Hart of Dixie,” which is set in Alabama, is destined for female-friendly channel Really.

Both shows are due to bow on UKTV in early 2012.

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