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Ireland’s 6 channels skeins

Net pacts with Fox for 'Earl,' 'Prison Break,' 'Inside'

Ireland’s latest entertainment station, Channel 6, has inked with Fox Intl. TV Distribution for “My Name Is Earl,” “Prison Break,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Inside.”

In addition, ad-supported Channel 6 has acquired rights to older Fox-produced shows including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “NYPD Blue.”

Deal, the upstart outlet’s largest program supply deal with a Hollywood major, was unveiled Monday by station founder and head of programs Michael Murphy.

The Eire outlet will debut on NTL and Chorus cablers March 30.

The station acquired a half-dozen series from CBS Paramount two months ago — “Numbers,” “Sex AND the City,” “Frasier,” “7th Heaven,” “Charmed” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — and from NBC Universal the station picked up “House” and “The Office.”

Based in and run from Dublin, the channel is the country’s first new national station since 1998.

Channel 6 is backed by ACT Venture Capital, Delta Partners and Claret Capital, among others.

Pat Donnelly, former CEO of Aegis Media in Ireland, a media planning and buying group, is also an investor and executive chairman.