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BBC grabs rights to Disney’s streaming drama “Love, Victor”

Michael Cimino plays Victoro Salazar on the Disney coming-of-age drama "Love, Victor." (Courtesy photo)
Michael Cimino plays Victor Salazar on the Disney coming-of-age drama “Love, Victor.” (Courtesy photo)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has landed the domestic telecast rights to the Disney Plus coming-of-age drama “Love, Victor,” the companies announced on Friday.

The series is a spin-off of the popular Disney film “Love, Simon,” and sees Michael Cimino play the role of Victor Salazar, a teen who is facing his own challenges of self-discovery while navigating the turbulent and thrilling world of high school.

“Love, Victor is a heartfelt, funny and nuanced coming-of-age story, beautifully portrayed by a winning and relatable cast,” Sue Deeks, the head of programming acquisitions at the BBC, said in a statement.

Three seasons of the show have been distributed thus far on Disney’s streaming services Disney Plus and Hulu in the United States, with Disney also making the show available via streaming in other territories. It wasn’t clear if the BBC plans to air the three seasons of “Love, Victor” on its core broadcast television network, or if it will be exclusive to the channel’s streaming service, BBC iPlayer.

It is the latest deal between the BBC and Disney involving content rights over the past year. Last October, Disney and the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Studios, inked a multi-year deal to bring the popular science fiction series “Doctor Who” to Disney Plus in the United States.

Over the last several months, the BBC has acquired more foreign series in order to bolster its linear and streaming television schedules. It recently acquired the domestic telecast rights to AMC Networks’ “Interview with the Vampire,” and has brought on several Australian shows like “Scrublands” and “Colin from Accounts.”

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