Starz Scores Licensing Deals for TV, Web, VOD3 Nov, 2008 By: Billy Gil
Starz Entertainment has secured licensing deals for first-run and library titles from Summit, Lionsgate, Hallmark, IFC, the Samuel Goldwyn Co., First Look and FremantleMedia.
The deals will give Starz distribution across its 16 linear channels, Starz HD, Starz On Demand, and broadband video download service Starz Play, which recently was made available to Netflix subscribers through streaming.
“Movies have always been the bread and butter of our company,” said Nancy Silverstone, VP, program acquisitions for Starz. “These deals reinforce our position as the movie leader in television and helps fill our content pipeline for years to come. It’s also an indication of our appetite for all types of movies — for new, old, indie and mainstream.”
First-run films made available through the deal include Summit horror thriller P2, starring Wes Bentley and Rachel Nichols; the Samual Goldwyn Co.’s Goya’s Ghost, starring Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem and directed by Acadamy Award-winner Milos Forman; IFC’s After the Wedding, a 2007 Academy Award nominee for best foreign film; and more. Library titles include 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, By Dawn’s Early Light, Call of the Wild, Bye Bye Birdie, Hound of the Baskervilles and Rear Window.