ProSieben, Sony extend licensing deal

'Spider-Man 4,' 'Angels & Demons,' 'Terminator' included

CANNES -- There certainly were no signs of a global recession Monday at MIPTV, where Pan-European broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 announced an extension of its volume deal with Sony Pictures Television International, securing rights to such upcoming tentpoles as "Spider-Man 4," "Angels & Demons" and "Terminator Salvation."

ProSieben acquisitions chief Rudiger Boss negotiated the deal with SPTI vp Kerstin Guhne.

Other highlights of the multiyear agreement include Roland Emmerich's upcoming sci-fi thriller "2012" and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn."

ProSieben recently lost its volume deal with Warner Bros., which beginning next year will shift to competitor RTL, a move that prompted speculation ProSieben might be scaling back on U.S. deals.

The broadcaster, however, insists it will not cut its acquisitions budget even as it trims costs in other areas.