TF1 licenses new US networks series from BVITV

MUMBAI: Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has licensed the eagerly-anticipated new US network drama series Lost and Grey’s Anatomy to commercial broadcaster TF1 in France. This was announced today by BVITV vice president, sales EMEA Alison Homewood and TF1 head of acquisitions Laurent Storch.The one hour action-thriller series Lost explores the darker side of human nature when a group of survivors of a plane crash are stranded together on a remote, hostile desert island. As the strangers work together to create order in their makeshift community, and to stay alive, there are darker, dangerous forces at work around them. The series has been written by J J Abrams (creator of TV’s Alias) and Damon Lindelof (Crossing Jordan). Lost features a large international cast, starring Matthew Fox and Dominic Monaghan.

The one hour mid-season drama Grey’s Anatomy stars Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo in a series following young interns and their colleagues in a tough surgical training program at a Seattle hospital. As the interns cope with the challenges of their professional lives, and the complications of their personal lives, they only have each other to rely on to get through.

Under the terms of the agreement, Lost will air on TF1. Lost is currently airing on the ABC Television Network and Grey’s Anatomy is to air mid-season on ABC.

For BVITV, this agreement was negotiated by Florent Gaignault, vice president, sales, French-speaking Europe.

Homewood commented, "We’re delighted that our new network dramas are creating such a buzz amongst international broadcasters. To be selling these two series at this early stage, in such key territories, bodes well for the wider international launch of the series here at MIPCOM."

Laurent Storch said, "The pilots of Lost and Grey‘s Anatomy are very exciting and TF1 is eager to offer both series to the French viewers. We are very glad this deal once more shows the great relationship we entertain with our long time partner BVITV."

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