Warner Offers Current Series as Formats

Mar 13, 2007  •  Post A Comment

For the first time, Warner Bros. is exporting its current series overseas for local adaptation.

Warner Bros. International Television will offer international producers and broadcasters formats of two of the studio’s hit series, “Without a Trace” and “Cold Case.”

It’s the first time the studio has offered international format rights to programs currently being produced for broadcast domestically. The studio has previously adapted older series, such as “Full House,” from its library.

“We couldn’t be more excited about taking format rights to ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Cold Case,’ two of the most successful drama series in the world, into the marketplace,” said Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. International Television.

“These shows are compelling procedural dramas, with interesting human characters who work tirelessly to unravel mysteries and find the truth,” he added. “These stories are some of the most widely accessible in the world, and we look forward to working with local partners to create successful adaptations around the globe.”

Both series are produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television.

The development and eventual production of the international versions of the series will be supervised for WBITV by Denis Leroy, vice president, format licensing and production, who is the studio’s pointman on the formats initiative.

(Editor: Horowitz)