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In a significant first-run deal, Universal Channel has acquired A&E Network‘s Bates Motel for the UK. Handled overseas by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, the series is a contemporary prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock feature Psycho and stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz and Nestor Carbonel. It debuted in the U.S. on March 18 and was renewed for a second run last week. Universal Channel acquired both seasons. Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television for A&E. Carlton Cruse, and Kerry Ehrin are exec producers. World’s Oldest Film Fest Adds ‘Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan In ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ The Edinburgh International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 67th edition this year, will close with Not Another Happy Ending. The film, directed by John McKay, stars erstwhile Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan along with Stanley Weber and Lost’s Henry Ian Cusick. »

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