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U.K.’s Bravo nabs ‘Hawaii Five-O’

Web is part of Virgin Media Television

LONDON — Ambitious British multi-channel web Bravo has collared exclusive U.K. rights to CBS’s much-hyped reworking of iconic seventies cop show “Hawaii Five-O.”

Bravo, part of Virgin Media Television, indicated that the new version of the skein pays homage to the original but adopts a grittier tone.

Web, which recently made a splash in Blighty with high ratings for its transmission of Starz’s racy “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” said the deal gives Virgin Media Television exclusive pay TV and Freeview rights, as well as digital rights.

Bravo, soon to be subsumed into BSkyB’s weighty channel portfolio following the satcaster’s purchase of Virgin Media Television, is believed to have outbid rival webs for the “Hawaii Five-O” reboot after the pilot bowed at the recent L.A. Screenings. Deal was brokered by Virgin Media TV’s head of acquisitions Amy Barham, and Stephen Tague, senior VP Europe at CBS Studios International.

Barham said: “‘Hawaii Five-0’ was the stand-out show at this year’s LA Screenings and securing it exclusively for U.K. audiences demonstrates yet again Bravo’s commitment to owning the very best in primetime U.S. dramas.

“The combination of impeccable casting, high-octane action and super-sharp scripting ensures that Bravo viewers are certainly in for a treat this autumn with an extended long hot summer.”

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