Features to begin airing on cabler in 2013
USA has acquired network television rights to more than 30 Universal Pictures films, such as “Bridesmaids” and “Fast Five.”The features, which also include “Little Fockers” and “The Adjustment Bureau,” will begin airing on USA in 2013, with some eligible to run on such sister NBCUniversal channels as NBC, Syfy, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, Style, G4, Chiller, Sleuth and UniHD. “These films provide a strategic platform for our originals, while complementing our brand of character-based entertainment,” said USA programming, acquisitions and scheduling exec VP Jane Blaney. Frances Manfredi, NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution exec VP and general sales manager, called the pact a “win-win deal” for both sides. Other recent acquisitions for USA include off-net rights to “NCIS: Los Angeles” (bowing this fall) and “Modern Family” (2013).