Twentieth Sells Arrested Three Ways

Jul 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television has sold the syndication rights for the former Fox series “Arrested Development” to MSN, HDNet and G4, the parties announced Wednesday. The three-way deal is a unique sales model, which will ensure the show runs in high definition on one channel, in standard-definition basic cable on another and online via MSN.

“We’re thrilled that this groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed show will find an entirely new audience through a variety of complementary platforms-from rich media, to hi-def TV to cable,” said Peter Levinsohn, president of Fox Digital Media. “This is the first time a series has been licensed to three platforms simultaneously, a testament to the explosion of the aftermarket for high-end content.”

MSN and the networks will have the rights to all three seasons of the show for three years each. The show will begin airing this fall. For the online portion, MSN plans to build an “Arrested”-themed interactive community.

TelevisionWeek reported HD Net’s portion of the “Arrested” deal on July 17.