MGM, TMG ink TV output pact


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 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. "It also introduces audiences to MGM's engaging telefilms and our new crop of consumer direct movies."