RTL signs output deal with StudioCanal

Includes remakes of 'Cliffhanger,' 'Escape from New York'

COLOGNE, Germany -- German network RTL Television has signed a output deal with French major StudioCanal, giving RTL German broadcast rights to projects including 3-D animated feature "Sammy's Adventure: The Secret Passage" and Paul Haggis' thriller "The Next Three Days" starring Russell Crowe.

The agreement, which kicks off in January 2011, also secures RTL rights to the upcoming remakes of "Cliffhanger" and "Escape from New York," which StudioCanal is producing together with Neil Moritz's Original Films.

RTL international acquisitions head Dirk Schweitzer and StudioCanal CEO Oliver Courson negotiated the deal. Both sides declined to comment on financial details of the agreement.

RTL has been stocking up on feature films from independent suppliers to make up for the drop in the number of titles being produced by the Hollywood majors.
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