UKTV has secured the rights to air Alaska Daily (11×60’) and The Company You Keep (10×60’) on its crime channel Alibi, A Small Light (8×60’) on its free-to-air channel Drama, Mike (8×30’) on entertainment channel Dave and all seven series of Sons of Anarchy (92×60’) and all five series of Brothers and Sisters (109×60’) for its streaming service UKTV Play.

The deal was secured by Rachel Bailey, global senior acquisitions manager and overseen by Melanie Rumani, global head of acquisitions, UKTV and BBC Studios alongside Jenny Lamond, Senior Sales Manager Content Distribution on behalf of The Walt Disney Company.

Melanie Rumani said, “I’m thrilled to announce this deal with Disney for these premium dramas. Growing our portfolio of content for UKTV Play, and providing Drama, Alibi and Dave audiences with more excellent content is a huge priority for us, and these programmes are sure to be a hit when they air later this year.”

Dayna Donaldson, VP, Content Sales, The Walt Disney Company UK & Nordics, said, “It’s great to be working with UKTV to showcase these brilliant dramas to new audiences across the UK. These engaging stories, and the great acting and behind-the-scenes talent that feature in them, are further examples of the outstanding dramas that Disney Entertainment is bringing to fans in the UK and the wider Europe, Middle East and Africa region.”

A Small Light is set to air on Drama in May, Alaska Daily and The Company You Keep are set to air on Alibi this Summer, and Mike will TX on Dave later in the year. Brothers and Sisters will launch on UKTV Play in late Spring and Sons of Anarchy will be added to the service in the Summer.

Jon Creamer

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