NBC Uni, StudioCanal renew deals

Extend distribution and joint venture agreements

PARIS -- NBC Universal and StudioCanal have renewed their vows, extending separate distribution and joint venture agreements, the companies announced Tuesday.

Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) and StudioCanal will extend their international sales agreement for the next two years through 2012. The two companies married their sales, marketing and distribution savvies in 2008 with a Universal Studiocanal Video GIE joint venture (USCV).

The USCV joint venture is now among the top three distributors in France and the deal has been renewed through the end of 2013.

NBC's TV distribution arm has been licensing international small screen rights to StudioCanal's feature films library since 2001 featuring more than 5,000 titles including hits "Bridget Jones' Diary," "Johnny English" and "Nanny McPhee." "UPIE is very proud of the successful relationship with StudioCanal and we look forward to continuing our partnership as one of the leading home entertainment distributors in France," UPIE's president Eddie Cunningham said.

Upcoming feature titles for the joint venture include recent local blockbuster "Heartbreaker," plus "Robin Hood," "Despicable Me" and catalog titles including "Gladiator," "Jaws" and the "Back to the Future" franchise.