British TV network snaps up 'Love/Hate'
'LOVE/HATE' has been sold to British television network Channel 5, the Irish Independent has learned.
The deal between RTE and the London-based station was lead by former TV3 head of programming Ben Frow, who is now a boss at Channel 5.
RTE had been holding negotiations with a number of British networks and the UK is seen as one of the most important international markets to sell its wares.
While the show has been sold to many countries around the world, the British deal, along with selling the rights in the US, represents a major coup for RTE.
Negotiations were finally tied up in recent days for an undisclosed amount and will see the crime series broadcast on the channel later in the year.
A senior RTE programming source said: "This is very good news for the station, it marks a great bit of business and earns us vital revenues."
The 'Love/Hate' UK rights represent Ben Frow's first major acquisition for his new employer. He left TV3 in January, after six years with the station.
Securing a spot for Stuart Carolan's hit programme in the Channel 5 schedule will bring 'Love/Hate' to an entirely new audience and will prove greatly advantageous to the cast, many of whom live in the UK for work. The series, which stars Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Robert Sheehan and Killian Scott and has counted the likes of Aidan Gillen in its line-up, has already been optioned in the US with on-demand video service Hulu acquiring the rights last December.
'Love/Hate' is also in the hands of American distributors who are hopeful a US broadcaster will commission a remake.
Seasons one and two were broadcast last year in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Middle East, with Australia and South Korea acquiring season three before Christmas.
Mr Frow said that the move "went down very well" with his new team at Channel 5.
"I hadn't planned on going for 'Love/Hate' at all, but we bought 'Jack Taylor' and that did well for us so it got me thinking about buying more Irish drama. I'm hoping to make the schedule less American driven," Mr Frow told the Irish Independent last night.