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U.S. Cable Network UP TV, Reel One Sign Scripted Series Development Deal

CANNES — Reel One Entertainment and U.S. cable network UP TV, which airs family-focused series from “Gilmore Girls” to “Growing Pains,” have inked a deal to develop original scripted series.

The series will premiere on UP TV in the U.S. and will be distributed worldwide by Reel One, the producer and distributor of the network’s first scripted series “Ties that Bind” (a.k.a. “Detective McLean”).

At the helm for UP TV will be Barbara Fisher, the network’s senior VP, original programming, who supervises the development and production of the network’s scripted series and movies. Prior to joining UP, Fisher was senior VP, original programming at Hallmark, overseeing the development and production of movies, miniseries, specials and series for the channel, and was previously exec VP, entertainment at Lifetime Entertainment.

The UP TV deal allows Reel One, best known as a producer and distributor of TV movies, to continue its expansion in scripted series programming.

Reel One CEO Tom Berry said: “It has always been part of our company’s vision to expand into the production, finance and distribution of scripted series, in close collaboration with broadcasters who share our vision, commitment, and values. We believe that there is a fantastic unrealized potential in many countries to provide UP’s style of programming to international networks and to cater to this often neglected audience.”

UP president and CEO Charley Humbard added: “In light of today’s current global climate, the demand for positive content that can bring audiences together is greater than ever. Reel One and UP share similar values and a vision to make gripping and entertaining drama that connects with an audience and that has family in mind.”

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