Disney, ABC fare to Spain’s Cuatro

Long-term deal signed with Spanish broadcaster

MADRID — Disney-ABC-ESPN has inked a long-term, first-option deal with Prisa’s Spanish broadcaster Cuatro for TV series and films.

Programming includes ABC’s police skein “Castle” plus ABC Family’s teen drama “Secret Life of the American Teenager” and miniseries “Samurai Girl.”

Deal also gives Cuatro access to a wide range of library movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including “Finding Nemo,” “National Treasure” and “The Incredibles.”

Cuatro execs declined to specify the duration and volume of the agreement.

Deal strengthens an already close relationship between the channel and the studio.

In March, Cuatro bought all six seasons of “Lost” from Spanish pubcaster RTVE after Disney-ABC-ESPN worked with RTVE and Cuatro to find a Spanish home that provides a younger demo for the sci-fi suspenser.

Launched in November 2005 by Spanish media giant Prisa, Cuatro built its brand on U.S. skeins, driven by the success of dramas such as “House” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“Cuatro is a big booster of the acquisition of international series in Spain; it’s part of our DNA,” said Cuatro programming director Fernando Jerez.

In further international dramas deals, Cuatro has closed Spanish free-to-air rights on Warner Bros. Intl. Television’s “Supernatural,” Endemol’s “Dead Set” and the BBC/WGBH Boston/ARD Degeto production of “Wallander.”

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