via press release:
ION Television Inks Multi Deals to Acquire Feature Film and Television Series
Network Acquires Close to 35 Major Studio Titles from Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Distribution, Twentieth Television and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Twentieth Television’s “Shark” and “Texas Justice” Also Join ION’s Programming Line-Up
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Reflecting its continued commitment to the acquisition of high profile, ‘positively entertaining’ programming for its primetime schedule, ION Television has inked multiple deals to acquire close to 35 major feature films and television series. The deals are with leading Hollywood studios, including Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Distribution, Twentieth Television and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD). The announcement was made today by Kristine Hunsinger, Senior Vice President, Planning, Scheduling and Acquisitions. The newly acquired titles will roll out on ION Television throughout the year.
“With nearly 35 star-studded movies and high profile network television series, ION Television continues to position itself as the premiere programming destination for the many viewers looking for top feature films,” said Hunsinger. “With this announcement, ION Television is establishing itself as a clear choice for appointment viewing.”
The television series acquired from Twentieth Television include the critically acclaimed crime drama “Shark” (Seasons 1-2; 38 episodes), starring James Woods, and the reality series “Texas Justice” (Seasons 1-4; 572 half-hour episodes).
The Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Distribution package includes 15 film titles and features all three titles in “The Godfather” trilogy, starring Al Pacino, “Death Wish” and “Death Wish IV: The Crackdown” starring Charles Bronson and “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise.
ION has also acquired over a dozen releases from Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution, including top films such as “The Fugitive,” starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones; “GoodFellas,” starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci; and “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Space Cowboys,” both directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.
About ION Television
ION Television (www.iontelevision.com) is a general entertainment network which reaches over 97 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. Launched in 2006, ION Television features popular TV series and movies from the award-winning libraries of CBS Television, NBC Universal, Twentieth Television and Warner Bros. Parent company, ION Media Networks, Inc., owns and operates the nation’s largest broadcast television station group. Using its digital multicasting capability, ION Media Networks has launched the digital TV brands qubo, a channel for children focusing on literacy and values, and ION Life, a channel dedicated to active living and personal growth. It also has launched Open Mobile Ventures Corporation (OMVION), a business unit focused on the research and development of portable, mobile and out-of-home transmission technology using over-the-air digital television spectrum. For more information, visit www.ionmedia.com.