FX, the new Fox entertainment channel set to launch in the UK on 12 January, has signed a licensing deal with Five for multichannel rights to its hit US import The Shield.

FX, the new Fox entertainment channel set to launch in the UK on 12 January, has signed a licensing deal with Five for multichannel rights to its hit US import The Shield.

Head of FX in the UK Jason Thorp said The Shield, which will continue to premiere on Five, would form a key part of the channel's post-22.00 line-up.

He added that post-22.00 would be FX's main battleground, targeting men aged 25 to 44 with US shows such as Navy NCISfrom Paramount and animation Free for Allfrom Showtime.

The primetime strands will be comedy, drama, crime and reality. Before 22.00, shows such as Fox's NYPD Bluesand X Fileswill be screened.

"We are competing with brands that skew male, like Bravo, Men and Motors and Sci-Fi," he said. He suggested Sky One, which is 35.4% owned by Fox parent News Corp, was not a main competitor as it had a more general mixed-gender remit.

Thorp revealed that the channel, which is backed by a budget of around£18m, would be less reliant on US imports after its first year, and will look at co-productions with its US counterpart and commissions from UK indies.

FX is also looking at buying rights to more minority sports such as basketball.