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Miramax, Netflix Expand Streaming Pact to the U.K., Ireland

16 Nov, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Deal compliments previous agreements for Miramax’s vaunted catalog movies to Netflix subscribers in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico

Netflix and Miramax Nov. 16 expanded their streaming agreements to the United Kingdom and Ireland, beginning in early in 2012.

Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix in October said it would launch streaming service in the United Kingdom and Ireland next year — the service’s first foray into Europe following service bows in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Films available in the deal include Pulp Fiction, Chicago, Cold Mountain, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, The Aviator, Bad Santa, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Chocolat, Finding Neverland, Gangs of New York, The Hours, Kate & Leopold, Rounders, Sling Blade, The Talented Mr. Ripley and several of the “Scary Movie,” “Scream” and “Hellraiser” films.

“Miramax films are already favorites of Netflix members in the U.S. and Latin America, and we’re sure they’ll be incredibly popular in the U.K., and Ireland as well,” Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

Miramax, which was acquired in 2010 from The Walt Disney Co. by an investor consortium, has aggressively licensed its 700-title catalog to third-party distributors, including Facebook, Studiocanal and Lionsgate for packaged media. Founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein have agreement with Miramax for select catalog sequels (i.e. Scream 4, Spy Kids 4) released through The Weinstein Co.

Miramax this past summer released theatrically The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, and the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Miramax also has streaming deals with Hulu Plus in the United States and Japan.

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