PARIS– French pubcaster France Televisions has inked a first-look deal with Universal, according to Gaul’s news website BFMTV.
Under the deal, France Televisions, which operates five free-to-air channels, has a first look right on new series produced by Universal, which previously had an output deal with Gaul’s top commercial net TF1.
Among the Universal series expected to roll out on France Televisions are the medical show “Heart Matters” with Melissa George; Barry Levinson’s cop drama “Shades of Blue” toplining Jennifer Lopez (pictured above) as a single mother recruited by the FBI as an undercover agent; and “Telenovela,” the comedy skein starring and exec produced by Eva Longoria.
TF1 will keep existing Universal shows such as “House,” “Suits,” “Parenthood,” “The Event” and “Chicago Fire.” TF1 also has output deals with Warner Bros. and Sony.
The deal with Universal was signed in the run-up to a major shakeup at France Televisions that will soon see the departure of president Remy Pfimlin.