USA inks rights to Universal's film slate

Deal covers two dozen movies set for release in 2009

NEW YORK -- USA Network said Monday that it has licensed the TV rights to corporate sibling Universal Pictures' 2009 production slate.

Financial terms of the deal weren't announced, but the network said it was one of the biggest deals ever between a basic cable network and a film studio.

The deal includes two dozen films that will be released this year by Universal Pictures, including the already released "Frost/Nixon" and "Milk" as well as Julia Roberts' "Duplicity," Will Ferrell's "Land of the Lost" and Vince Vaughn's "Couple's Retreat."

Also included in the deal are "Fast & Furious," "State of Play," "Public Enemies," "Funny People," "The Wolfman," "Away We Go," "The Boat That Rocked," "Cirque du Freak," "Drag Me to Hell" and "Flash of Genius." It also includes "Green Zone," which stars Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear, as well as an untitled Nancy Meyers film starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

"To partner with Universal makes it a win-win across NBCU platforms, while complementing USA's brand strategy with an A-list talent roster with a proven track record on the network," said Jane Blaney, executive vp programming, acquisitions and scheduling.