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“BattleBots” storm the UK

Spike UK has acquired the exclusive rights to primetime competition series BattleBots (pictured) from Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky.
July 19, 2016

Viacom-owned cable network Spike UK has acquired the exclusive rights to primetime competition series BattleBots (pictured) from Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky.

The series will launch this summer on the British version of the U.S. cable net and will share the UK rights with sister network Channel 5 in a multi-season deal.

Now in its second season on ABC in the U.S., the series follows 48 homemade robots from around the world as they enter into the “BattleBox” in the hopes of emerging victorious in assorted robot tournaments.

Produced by Whalerock Industries and BattleBots Inc., the series was originally created by Trey Roski and Greg Munson, both of whom won the first Robot Wars UK competition in 1995.

In the three months since its launch at MIPTV in April, Sky Vision has sold the format into more than 100 territories worldwide including to Bell Media Canada, Nine Network Australia, Discovery Germany and CEEMEA, Discovery Latin America, Sony Asia and A&E Iberia.

“In just three months, [Sky Vision] have pretty much achieved the goal we set them – of getting the BattleBots brand known around the entire world,” said Tom Gutteridge, the executive producer in charge of the global rollout. “The second season has launched to huge acclaim and great ratings in the U.S., and now we’re implementing the next stage of the rollout – merchandising deals to accompany the broadcast sales, and international versions of the show to run alongside the 2017 U.S. series.”

“Buyers are reacting swiftly and decisively with offers, and the Spike UK deal is testament to the mainstream primetime appeal of the show,” added Leona Connell, director of sales at Sky Vision.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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