ION Television inks deal with NBC Universal, Warner for film


MUMBAI: ION Television has acquired over 40 new A-list feature film titles through multiple theatrical film deals with NBC Universal Domestic Distribution (NBCU) and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD).

The newly acquired titles will begin airing later this month and will continue to roll out on ION Television’s schedule throughout the fall and into 2010.

"As ION Television continues to build its schedule, these first-rate theatrical features are the perfect complement to our growing line-up of original and acquired series. These proven hits have outstanding appeal and will be particularly popular with our core 25-54 demographic," said ION Media Networks executive vice president, programming Leslie Chesloff.

The package from NBCU includes movies like The Break Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn; Miami Vice, starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Other titles in the package include the Back to the Future trilogy, Inside Man and The Hitcher.

The network has also expanded on its existing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, bringing its current library to over 100 Warner Bros. films in the ION library.