RTL extends NBC Uni deal

'Inglourious Basterds,' 'Bruno' among titles in pact

COLOGNE, Germany -- German network RTL Television has extended its multiyear volume deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution, securing German free TV rights to titles such as Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," shock comedy "Bruno" and high-speed actioner "Fast & Furious."

Horror remake "The Wolfman" starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins and comedies "Funny People" and "Land of the Lost" are also among the Universal titles RTL has picked.

The agreement will include a number of series and MOWs along with library and upcoming titles.

RTL now has long-time licensing deals with three major studios -- NBC Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros,, which it signed up earlier this year, outbidding competitor ProSiebenSat.1.

The NBC Universal agreement comes as parent company RTL Group has announced major cost cuts following a sharp drop in revenue and profits in the first half of this year. Although RTL declined comment on pricing for the NBC Universal package, the channel has said it is not planning to cut its acquisition budget for U.S. fare, preferring to look elsewhere for cost savings.
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