Channel 4’s U.S. redux

WB, Col TriStar put dramas on slate

LONDON — Channel Four Intl. has pacted with Warner Bros. Television and Columbia TriStar Television to remake two Channel 4 series for the U.S. market.

The deal with Warner will see a pilot of the satirical drama “The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star” developed for the WB network.

Meanwhile, Columbia has opted for “Love in the 21st Century,” a drama centering on the ins and outs of relationships from the female perspective that will be pitched to CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox. Both pilots are intended for the fall 2000 season.

C4 is also poised to remake the controversial gay drama “Queer as Folk” for an unnamed cable net.

Rob Dwek, most recently exec VP for primetime programming at Fox, is working as a consultant for the pilots. Dwek worked with Gub Neal, C4’s head of drama, on the American version of “Cracker.”

Neal’s international role is to sell dramas deemed suitable for the U.S., and when possible, with the U.K. production company behind the original series co-producing the U.S. version.