Starz and Twentieth Century FOX Television Distribution Announce Multi-Year Film Library Licensing Agreement

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July 30th, 2013


via press release:


Expansive Deal Fortifies Pipeline of Great Movies for STARZ and ENCORE Premium Channels, On Demand and Online/PLAY Services

Los Angeles, Calif. – July 30, 2013 – Starz and Twentieth Century Fox  Television Distribution announced a multiyear film library licensing agreement for hundreds of  Fox movies to air commercial-free on the STARZ and ENCORE premium channels and associated HD, on-demand, and authenticated online offerings, including STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY.

The multiyear agreement is the largest ever between the companies, with about forty percent of the feature films newly licensed to Starz and thus available for the first time on the company’s respective premium offerings.

“Consumers have long-subscribed to the Starz family of premium services thanks to the depth and breadth of its quality movie product. 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, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions, Business & Legal Affairs. “Encompassing a deep collection of hundreds of films including such highlights as movies from the Ice Age, X-Men, and Home Alone franchises, as well as There’s Something About Mary and Alien, these timeless hits will be a great addition for our loyal subscribers.”

Gina Brogi, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Pay Television & SVOD for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution commented, "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."

Other great titles licensed as part of the agreement 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, and Irene, Predator, Fight Club, Behind Enemy Lines, Ever After, and Moulin Rouge.

  • JoeHamm

    This is a shock. I thought Fox had a long-standing deal with HBO/Cinemax, or is it about to expire?

  • BoSox Juan

    Quote: “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”

    This does not include first-run movies & since all of the titles mentioned are at least a few yrs old, I don’t think it includes any title currently airing on another premium network or slated to air in the future.

    This is another example of how cost-effective films of past decades have become in terms of cost & ratings. An uncut airing of Alien for example my drawn close to the same # of viewers as a Prometheus would after it’s HBO window ends.

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