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Starz is expanding its movie library. The cable network announced Tuesday that it has signed a multiyear licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox Television to bring over such films as Big Momma’s House; Dude, Where’s My Car?; Moulin Rouge; and Dodgeball.
“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 Starz executive vp acquisitions, business and legal affairs Michael Thornton. “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.”
The library films will air on both Starz and Encore, as well as the networks’ On Demand and online/Play services. It’s the largest-ever deal between the two companies and about 40 percent of the feature films included will be made available for the first time on Starz.
“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,” said Gina Brogi, executive vp worldwide pay television and SVOD for 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.
Last year Starz did not renew its library agreement with Disney, though its current output deal runs through 2016.
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