As Variety reports, “NBC U deal formalizes a 50-year casual relationship and blocks CanWest’s Ten Network from sharing NBC U output, as it has traditionally done. NBC U has delivered Heroes, Las Vegas and Bionic Woman to Seven, while Ten profited from House and the Law & Order franchise.”
TV Tonight understands a “spanner” has indeed been thrown in TEN’s programming works, and this only 1 day after Ten Network’s executive chairman, Nick Falloon, addressed issues relating to the WGA Strike to shareholders.
Meanwhile Seven’s close bond with Granada which was re-affirmed today won’t make David Gyngell too happy either.
As Variety again notes, “Deal will be particularly galling for Seven’s chief competitor, Nine, now topped by former Granada USA chief David Gyngell.”
And they were only referring to the NBCU deal.