..."In many regions you can't find any U.S.
series in primetime," says Jens Richter, CEO of TV production and sales
group FremantleMedia International. "It's all local stuff."
Credit a wave of top-notch Europe-made drama -- from Britain's Broadchurch
and the Danish political series Borgen to the Spanish melodrama Velvet
and France's The Returned -- that is luring audiences away from American
fare. Says Sahar Baghery, director of Eurodata's international TV formats
division, "You are seeing U.S. shows shift to smaller channels -- from the
BBC and ITV to Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the U.K., onto Quatro in Spain or
Sweden's TV3 and Kanal 5 -- and they are reaching smaller audiences."