Starz Entertainment Gets Bob Yari Films15 Jan, 2007 By: Jessica Wolf
Starz Entertainment will be seeing plenty of stars this year, both on its cable channel and via the company's subscription Internet video-on-demand service, Vongo.
The cabler has inked an exclusive five-picture deal with independent producer Bob Yari, including the critically acclaimed mystery thriller The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel. The films will be shown on the Starz linear channels as well as Starz On Demand and Vongo, Starz Entertainment's video download application and service. The films will air in 2007/2008.
Other films in the exclusive deal include Haven, starring Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton; Shortcut to Happiness, starring Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Love Hewitt; Winter Passing, starring Ed Harris, Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel; and Find Me Guilty starring Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage and Annabella Sciorra.
“Bob Yari did an extraordinary job assembling these films with strong casts,” said Nancy Silverstone, VP of program acquisitions for Starz Entertainment. “We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with Bob, and we hope to acquire more interesting and acclaimed films to show on our diverse platforms.”