CBS will now assume control of all international television distribution for the CSI
franchise, which includes CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami
, and CSI: NY
. The network will also be responsible for all future sales around the world of the three CSI
This takeover spawned from the closing of a 2007 agreement with GS Capital Partners, a private equity fund managed by Goldman, Sachs & Co. GS Capital Partners had previously purchased Alliance Atlantis' financial interest in the CSI franchise, and will remain 50/50 partners with CBS in the franchise.
"We are thrilled to be able to add the world's most popular franchise to our portfolio," Armando Nuñez, Jr., President, CBS Paramount International Television, said in a statement. "Alliance Atlantis did a fantastic job selling the CSI
series around the world and we look forward to continuing to work with broadcasters worldwide to maintain and expand the success in their territories. The opportunities for this franchise are endless as we collaborate with current and potential buyers to find new windows and new technologies to satisfy the viewer demand for these series."
Considered as a global phenomenon, the CSI
franchise has earned impressive ratings in the United States and in other countries as well. CSI
, the most watched among the three series, joins CSI: Miami
and CSI: NY
in ranking number one in their respective time periods and placing in the in the top 10 of all drama series on U.S. television. Internationally, all three series of the CSI
franchise currently rank among the top 20 U.S. series in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Each series in the franchise is licensed in over 180 territories.
Meanwhile, CBS isn't the only one that is pleased with the new setup. GS Capital Partners is ralso optimistic about the network's distribution capabilities and resources.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of CBS)