Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Extends Deal With Fox

Jaap Buitendijk
'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

'Avatar 2,' 'Kingsman' and TV series 'Empire' are among the titles in the new rights package.

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has extended its licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, securing German rights to all Fox films and series for several more years.

The deal, announced on Monday, includes exclusive free-TV rights to James Cameron's Avatar 2, the upcoming sequel to his 2009 smash hit, and Matthew Vaughan's Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as recent Fox blockbusters such as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

"The great thing about Fox is that, in addition to their huge franchises like X-Men, Planet of the Apes, or Kingsman, which we see as a future franchise, they also have new, smaller films like The Fault in Our Stars and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," said Rudiger Boss, executive vp program acquisitions at ProSiebenSat.1, who announced the deal with Steve Cornish, senior vp and managing director TV distribution at Fox. "They still take risks and risk taking, courage, is still important in this business."

In addition to the feature films in the Fox package, the ProSieben deal includes TV series, such as primetime drama hit Empire and crime comedy Backstrom. For the first time, animated features from DreamWorks Animation will be included in the ProSieben agreement, giving the German group rights for such films as Rio 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

In a bid to make premieres of its U.S. films and series truly exclusive, ProSieben's deal with Fox also covers exclusive basic pay TV licenses. "They are going out first on our channels — nowhere else," said Boss.