Fox, Starz Sign Catalog Movie License Agreement30 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Multiyear pact includes first-run titles for Starz and Encore pay-TV movie channels
Starz and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution July 30 said they have closed a multiyear movie catalog licensing deal for hundreds of Fox movies to air on the Starz and Encore pay-TV channels and associated video-on-demand and authenticated online offerings, such as Starz Play and Encore Play.
The agreement is the largest ever between the companies, with about 40% of the feature films newly licensed to Starz and, thus, available for the first time on the company’s respective premium offerings.
Starz is a major distributor of Sony Pictures and Disney (through 2015) movies and original TV programming to multichannel video program distributors, including cable, satellite and telecommunication, in the pay-TV window. Beginning in 2016, Netflix will exclusively distribute Disney movies in the pay-TV window.
Movies in the Fox deal include the "Ice Age," "X-Men" and "Home Alone" franchises, as well as There’s Something About Mary and Alien, among others.
"This agreement with Fox will fortify our pipeline of popular theatrical library content through the end of the decade and is a great complement to our exclusive originals, first-run movies and other popular movie fare," said Michael Thornton, EVP of acquisitions, business and legal Affairs.
Other titles include Big Momma’s House; Dude, Where’s My Car?; Planet of the Apes (2001); Dodgeball; Cheaper by the Dozen; How Stella Got Her Groove Back; The X-Files; Me, Myself & Irene; Predator; Fight Club; Behind Enemy Lines; Ever After; and Moulin Rouge.
"We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Starz and thrilled that they will have an opportunity to access so many great films from Fox’s extensive library,” said Gina Brogi, EVP of worldwide pay-television and SVOD for 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.