AMSTERDAM/BRUSSELS – CBS Studios International and RTL in Belgium have announced an exclusive, multi-year licensing agreement for a selection of new programming.
Included within the agreement are the new Dick Wolf-produced drama, FBI; The CW’s Charmed; one of the most talked about dramas from this year’s development season, A Million Little Things from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment; as well In The Dark and Fam.
FBI comes from Dick Wolf and the team behind the Law & Order franchise. It is an eye-opening new procedural about the inner workings of the New York office of the FBI, bringing to bear all the Bureau’s skills, intellect and mind-blowing technology to keep New York and the country safe.
Charmed is a fantasy drama series developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. It is a reboot of The WB series of the same name, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006. The series follows the lives of three sisters, Macy, Mel and Maggie, who, after the death of their mother, discover they are The Charmed Ones, the most powerful witches, and together they possess the “Power of Three”. Their combined powers are used to protect innocents and vanquish supernatural demons.
A Million Little Things is a family drama created by D. J. Nash. Nash, Aaron Kaplan, and Dana Honor serve as executive producers on the series. The plot focuses on a group of friends intertwined in each other’s lives, who all realize they need to start living more when one of them suddenly dies. The title is a play on the saying “Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.”
In The Dark features a flawed and irreverent blind woman as the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colourful dating life and the job she hates at Breaking Blind – the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.
In Fam, a woman’s dream of a perfect life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger rebellious half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father.
In addition to the new series, the deal extends RTL’s rights to broadcast current and library series from CBS and The CW, including the global hit CBS drama NCIS, which found its home on RTL when the series premiered 15 years ago. Other CBS favorites returning to RTL include Hawaii Five-0, Seal Team, Instinct and Macgyver.
Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Studios International, said: “CBS and RTL have been working together to bring the best of U.S. content to Belgian audiences for over 25 years,” We’re excited to build on this important, long-term relationship with another successful slate of CBS programming.”
Stéphane Rosenblatt, TV General Manager, RTL in Belgium, said: “We are pleased to pursue our collaboration with CBS Studios International, which allows our viewers to continue watching all the famous characters they’ve learned to love over the years. CBS programming remains a solid pillar for RTL, helping to continue growing its audiences in the coming years.”