MGM, TMG ink TV output pact


COLOGNE, Germany -- Herbert Kloiber's Tele Munchen Gruppe has signed a long-term licensing deal with MGM International TV Distribution Inc., giving TMG German-language TV rights to upcoming MGM and United Artists features along with a slew of library titles.

The deal includes such upcoming theatrical MGM/UA theatrical titles as the 22nd James Bond film, the new installment of "The Pink Panther" and UA releases "Lions for Lambs" and "Valkyrie."

Tele Munchen also picks up a slate of recent releases including "Rocky Balboa" as well as several telefilms and straight-to-DVD titles.

Kloiber said that MGM's diverse slate "with everything from riveting dramas and high adventures to coming of age comedies" gives it an especially wide audience appeal.

The TMG deal is the first major international agreement signed since Gary Marenzi rejoined MGM last month as co-president of worldwide television.

"Our agreement with Tele Munchen is significant not only in that it brings MGM and United Artists popular theatrical releases to television viewers throughout the German-speaking region," Marenzi said in a statement. "It also introduces audiences to MGM's engaging telefilms and our new crop of consumer direct movies, which are developed specifically for today's young global adult audience."