TV: Universal Gets Involved in Stephen King’s ‘Haven’

Universal Networks Intl., the newly rebranded global channels unit of NBC Universal, has signed on to co-finance the Stephen King previously announced drama “Haven.” In the case of “Haven,” E1 Entertainment is behind the show — based on the King novella “The Colorado Kid” — and will produce 13 episodes (read more about it). Universal has acquired exclusive pay TV rights across the globe except for the U.S., Canada and Scandinavia, where distribution is still being sought. Deal reps E1′s first major pact with Universal Networks Intl. The project centers on a spooky town in Maine where cursed folk live normal lives in exile. When those curses start returning, FBI agent Audrey Parker is brought in to keep those supernatural forces at bay — while trying to unravel the mysteries of Haven.