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Bell Media, Fox in content deal for CraveTV

MUMBAI: Canadian company Bell Media has announced a multi-year exclusive content agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution that will, in part, deliver past seasons of some of television’s dramas and comedies to Canada’s premium TV streaming service, CraveTVTM.

The deal also delivers the drama ‘Homeland’ to CraveTV as part of its Showtime Collection launching later this month. With the third season currently airing on Bravo, all 24 episodes of the first and second seasons will be available on CraveTV, with additional seasons to arrive on board in the future.

Bell Media senior VP, programming Mike Cosentino said, “These Fox series represent some of the very best in serialized storytelling available and confirm CraveTV’s status as the home of premium television in Canada”.

Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution senior VP worldwide Pay TV and SVOD Evan Scheffel said, “The availability of past seasons on CraveTV is an excellent way to expand the audience reach for some of Fox’s strongest programming now available on linear television. We are very pleased to further our relationship with Bell Media through this content licensing agreement.”

‘Homeland’ is a psychological thriller that stars Claire Danes as a CIA officer who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of a US soldier (Damian Lewis), who had been missing in Iraq and presumed dead for eight years, was a set-up that may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. Mandy Patinkin plays a veteran CIA Division Chief who is her boss and mentor.

In addition to ‘Homeland’, CraveTV will become the exclusive home to past seasons of:

‘Legends’ launching on CraveTV in advance of its second season premiere on Bravo later this year, is a 10-episode, one-hour, gritty drama that delves into a terrifying mystery of identity and espionage. The show stars Sean Bean as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division. Ali Larter stars as Crystal McGuire, a fellow operative who has a history with Martin.

‘Salem’ debuts on CraveTV in advance of its second season premiere on Space. This is a witchcraft thriller that explores the infamous witch trials, and delivers a bold new vision of 17th century Salem and its witches. Starring Janet Montgomery and Shane West, this 13-episode, one-hour series explores what truly fuelled the town’s notorious witch trials, and uncovers the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind this infamous period in American history.

‘Graceland’ first and second seasons come to CraveTV in advance of its third season premiere on Bravo later this year. The series follows Mike Warren and his roommates – all agents from the FBI, DEA, and Customs – whose undercover residence is beachfront real estate seized from drug lords. In the 26-episode, one-hour series, Mike and the team work to solve cases for their respective agencies while also keeping the peace in their own household.

With the second season of ‘Sirens’ currently airing Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network, the first season is available now in its entirety on CraveTV. The half-hour, 10-episode comedy follows three of Chicago’s best emergency medical technicians, whose sometimes silly, self-righteous, and even self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships…and most occupations.

This announcement is the latest in a series of content partnership announcements between CraveTV and Hollywood content suppliers.