CBS Studios International is teaming with U.K. channel distributor, Chellomedia, including rebranding a half dozen of the channels.
CBS will take a 50% stake in six CBS rebranded channels in the UK: Zone Romantica, Zone Thriller, Zone Horror and Zone Reality, Zone Horror+1 and Zone Reality+1.
Chellomedia is a division of John Malone's Liberty Global.
The channels will tap into CBS's program library, including Melrose Place, Dynasty, JAG and the remastered original Star Trek series, but will also continue to acquire outside programming, according to the companies.
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