BSkyB, Spyglass ink output deal


LONDON -- Satcaster British Sky Broadcasting has signed a three-year output deal with Spyglass Entertainment for pay television, pay-per-view and subscription-based VOD rights, newly appointed director of Sky Movies Ian Lewis said Thursday.

The deal covers as many as 15 Spyglass titles over a three year-period beginning in 2008. The company is home to such hits as "Seabiscuit," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "The Sixth Sense."

The agreement covers both pay TV rights for Sky Movies, PPV rights for Sky Box Office and the option for SVOD rights. Titles will be available in standard and high-definition formats, and the HD versions will be broadcast on Sky's two dedicated HD film channels.

Lewis takes over some of the duties of former Sky networks deputy managing director Sophie Turner Laing, who was promoted to BSkyB managing director of entertainment this year.

In a statement, Spyglass joint CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum said Sky was "the perfect home" for Spyglass content.

"Sky's continued success in marketing and promoting movies in the new technological world makes it the perfect home for our movies. We look forward to providing the highest quality content to be broadcast across all platforms in the Sky family," they said.