TNT Serie granted licence

Germany’s anti media concentration commission KEK has approved new entertainment channel TNT Serie, which will launch on January 28 2009 on the pay-TV platform Premiere. Cable carriage is also envisioned.

The programming schedule will comprise mainly international comedy and drama series, including German TV premieres such as Big Love, Rescue Me, Tell Me You Love Me, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock. German pay-TV premieres include Monk, King of Queens, Smallville, Gilmore Girls, Without a Trace and Psych. The series will be screened without commercial breaks in widescreen format 16:9 with the choice of either the original language or dubbed German version.

The channel is backed by Turner Broadcasting System, the television subsidiary of US-based media concern Time Warner. The company already operates news channel CNN, cartoon channels Cartoon Network and Boomerang as well as movie channel TCM in German-speaking Europe.