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Sky TV gets dramatic

Satcaster nabs five skeins from WB Intl. TV

LONDON — WB Intl. TV has sold five dramas to Rupert Murdoch-backed satcaster Sky TV, and they will form the cornerstone of Sky One’s primetime winter schedule beginning in January.

Blighty’s entertainment web, better known for its diet of “The Simpsons,” sci-fi and factual entertainment, has secured free and pay TV rights to Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Skin,” in which an L.A. attorney battles to close a porn baron’s empire; “Tarzan and Jane,” set in modern-day New York; and another Bruckheimer drama, “Cold Case,” which sees detectives trying to crack unsolved murder cases.

Sky TV is considering whether to sell free TV rights on to terrestrial broadcasters. Pubcaster BBC is thought to be eyeing “Tarzan and Jane.”

Sky TV also has nabbed exclusive pay TV rights to “Nip/Tuck,” starring Joely Richardson and set in a Miami plastic surgery clinic, and “Fearless,” another Bruckheimer creation focusing on a female undercover FBI agent (Rachael Leigh Cook) born without the fear gene.

Commercial web Channel 4 has picked up terrestrial rights to “Nip/Tuck” and plans to air the series later in 2004.

Other recent C4 acquisitions include WB’s teen drama “The OC,” billed as sexier than “Dawson’s Creek” and riskier than “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Web also has secured terrestrial and pay TV rights to “Friends” and “ER” for broadcast on the main channel and digital web E4.

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