Canwest acquires a slate of primetime series in advance of the Los Angeles Screenings.

    NBCU, CANWEST SET SERIES DEAL 1In what the parties are calling an unprecedented move, Toronto-based Canwest Broadcasting and NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution confirmed Tuesday that, for the first time, the companies have completed an agreement in advance of the annual Los Angeles Screenings. Canwest has acquired several new and returning programs slated for broadcast on its Canadian over-the air networks Global Television and E! for the 2008-09 season. The deal also includes programming for Canwest’s 21 specialty cable channels.

    New programs acquired by Canwest that will premiere this fall include the new Knight Rider series; the Christian Slater drama My Own Worst Enemy; Kath and Kim starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair; plus The Office spinoff slated for mid-season.

    Canwest has also renewed successful returning NBC Universal Television Domestic Distribution hits including House, Heroes, The Office, The Biggest Loser, Life and

    Friday Night Lights.

    “We are thrilled to partner with NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution to announce this landmark deal,” said Barbara Williams, executive vice president, Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “As the television landscape continues to evolve, Canwest is proud to be in business with one of the industry’s most innovative companies. We look forward to offering our viewers an incredible lineup of new and returning programming from NBC Universal with impressive pedigree and star power.”

    “Our strategy to get out in front with advertisers this year provided us with an opportunity to have meaningful discussions about our new fall programming with our broadcast and cable partners earlier than we ever have,” says Ron Suter, SVP and General Manager, NBC Universal Television Distribution Canada. “And we are thrilled that Canwest was able to come away from our meetings and agree to this unprecedented, wide-ranging deal for many of our upcoming and returning series.”


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