Wednesday, 1 February 2012

'Once Upon a Time' heads to U.K.’s Channel 5

Channel 5 has secured the exclusive U.K. first-run free television rights for the ABC Studios-produced drama series Once Upon a Time.

The series, a fantasy drama from Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, writers of Lost and Tron: Legacy, will air exclusively on Channel 5 in the spring of 2012. It debuted in the U.S. on ABC in October 2011, and has now been licensed by Disney to broadcasters in more than 190 territories worldwide. It stars Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love, Walk the Line, He’s Just Not That Into You), Jennifer Morrison (House, How I Met Your Mother) and Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting), among others. It is about fairytale characters exiled to modern-day America. Kitsis and Horowitz are creators and executive producers. Steven Pearlman is also executive producer.

Paul Fagan, the head of acquisitions at Channel 5, said, “There’s no living happily ever after here—these are fairytales as you’ve never seen them before. Once Upon a Time is a magical and mysterious addition to our 2012 schedule on Channel 5.”

Dayna Donaldson, the executive director of media distribution at Disney UK and Ireland, added, “Once Upon a Time has caused global buzz right from pilot stage, with its unique premise and ABC Studios’ stamp of high-quality storytelling and production. We’re excited that U.K. viewers will soon be able to enjoy it too.”

Source: World Screen

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