Showtime-IFC Films Extend Theatrical Output Deal
'Boyhood' and Sundance hits 'The D Train' and 'Sleeping With Other People' are covered by the new pact.
Showtime Networks and IFC Films have extended their theatrical output deal, continuing the CBS-owned cable network's role as the exclusive premium TV window home of IFC Films' movies.
The pact covers all films theatrically distributed by IFC Films through 2021. Specific movies covered by the agreement include critically acclaimed Oscar winner Boyhood, which will make its TV debut on Saturday, as well as Sundance hits Sleeping With Other People, written and directed by Bachelorette's Leslye Headland and starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, and The D Train, starring Jack Black. The latter two films have yet to hit theaters.
“IFC Films has become a major player in the independent theatrical distribution business and it is very exciting to extend our partnership with them,” Showtime senior vp content acquisition Gary Garfinkel and Showtime senior vp content acquisition and business & legal affairs Kent Sevener said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to expand and further diversify the Showtime Networks theatrical portfolio for years to come with IFC Films’ rich slate.”
IFC Films and Sundance Selects executive vp distribution, operations and business development Lisa Schwartz added, "We are thrilled to have our films play alongside Showtime's award-winning original programs. Their partnership approach over the last six years has been a major contributor to the size and acclaim of our slate."