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US pick-ups head to Finland

A broadcaster in Finland has picked up the recently greenlit US comedy The Millers, legal drama Reckless and The CW’s period drama Reign from CBS Studios International (CBSSI).

MTV3 has taken the series after signing a multi-year volume deal with the studio, which also gives the broadcaster access to content that airs on US cablenet Showtime.

CBS series The Millers stars Arrested Development’s Will Arnett and follows a man who has to deal with his recently divorced elderly parents, while Reckless, another CBS show, is a courtroom drama written by Dana Stevens (Safe Haven).

Reign, meanwhile, is a period drama about the teenage years of Mary Queen of Scots set in 16th century France that will air on The CW in autumn.

The deal expands on the two companies’ existing relationship, which has already seen MTV3 air the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation franchise in previous years.

Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution, said the agreement would help CBS position itself as “the leading provider of US content in the European region.”

Meanwhile, Russian multi-platform broadcaster Amedia has closed a multi-year, multi-platform deal with CBSSI.

The agreement marks CBS’s first volume deal in the territory, and covers new and current network series including Elementary, Beauty and the Beast and titles from CBS’s cable sibling Showtime such as House of Lies and The Borgias.

Amedia, which is part of Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, will also carry CBS shows on its digital platforms including the pay channels Amedia Premium HD, Amedia 1 and its SVoD service.

Amedia earlier this week closed an exclusive five-year deal with HBO for shows including Game of Thrones.


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