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Bell bags Star Trek in Canada

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Canadian broadcaster Bell Media has secured local rights to the as-yet-untitled new Star Trek series from CBS Studios International.

The agreement, struck at the LA Screenings, gives Bell Media exclusive linear TV and SVoD rights to the sci-fi show in English- and French-speaking Canada, with each episode to be available simultaneously with its release in the US.

The forthcoming series will see Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men) reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: Next Generation.

It will air on Bell Media’s cable networks Space, in English, and Z, in French, before being made available on SVoD service Crave the following day.

“Canadians have an insatiable appetite for the Star Trek franchise, which has resulted in premium impact for our platforms,” said Mike Cosentino, president of content and programming at Bell Media.

The series is being produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Stewart exec produces alongside Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Secret Hideout’s Aaron Baiers is co-exec producer.

Earlier this week, Amazon secured the streaming rights to the new Star Trek show in more than 200 territories for its Prime Video service.


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