Universal Networks ink co-production deal with E1 Entertainment

MUMBAI: Universal Networks International, the global channels division of NBC Universal has joined hands with E1 Entertainment to co-finance Haven, a 13×1 hour suspenseful television series based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid.

The series is expected to begin production by first quarter 2010 and due to air by fall 2010. E1 Entertainment will produce and handle the worldwide distribution rights to the one-hour series with Universal Networks International acquiring exclusive Pay TV broadcast rights for the world excluding Canada, US and Scandinavia.

The deal follows Universal Networks International’s launch at MIPCOM of a revitalized and connected portfolio of five core channel brands with a commitment to further invest in branding and content as part of its ongoing international growth strategy. This is the first major content announcement in the drive to deliver more original and first-run programming to complement their reinvigorated channel propositions.

Universal Networks International & Digital Initiatives president Roma Khanna said, "We are very excited to be working with world class talent such as Stephen King on Haven in our first major content partnership with E1 Entertainment. This tremendous project signals our investment in more top quality content for our newly revitalized channel portfolio in our drive to deliver an enhanced range of high profile, first-run content offerings for our affiliates and great entertainment for our viewers around the world."

E1 Television International president Peter Emerson added, "We couldn’t be more delighted to be in business with NBC Universal, Stephen King and the talented creative team behind Haven. This is a terrific pilot script that is smart and thrilling and filled with fascinating characters. In an entertainment climate that’s all about the supernatural, Haven has the right ingredients to make it a worldwide hit."

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