CSI heading to USA Network


NBC Universal’s USA Network has acquired the rights to “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” from CBS Television Distribution. The deal for cable rights begins in December 2010.

Under the agreement, USA will have non-exclusive rights to seasons 1-10 beginning December 2010. Starting Fall 2011, USA will also have the exclusive off-network rights to premiere CSI Seasons 11 and beyond. Beginning September 2014, NBCU will be the exclusive home of CSI.

“We’re proud to add one of the most successful television series of the last 20 years to our programming slate. CSI fits perfectly into our already powerful collection of procedurals, including ‘NCIS,’ ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ ‘House,’ ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent and eventually ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’ CSI, one of only two shows to spawn two successful spin-offs, is an iconic series that reflects USA’s commitment to quality storytelling and unique characters,” said Jane Blaney, USA’s executive vice president, program acquisitions and scheduling.

Created by Anthony Zuiker, CSI is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Anthony Zuiker, Naren Shankar, Jonathan Littman, William Petersen, Cynthia Chvatal and Ken Fink.