WBDTD has plenty to screen about


Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has cleared a 35-title feature film package that includes two "Harry Potter" titles on stations in 133 markets nationwide.

Along with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the package also includes such Warner Bros. Pictures titles as "Batman Begins," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "March of the Penguins," "Million Dollar Baby," "The Matrix Revolutions," "The Last Samurai," "Troy," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Good Night, and Good Luck."

The package, dubbed "Volume 41," has been cleared on the Fox-owned television stations in 11 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando, Baltimore and Gainesville, Fla.

WBDTD also has sold the film package to stations from groups including CBS Television Stations, Belo, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Broadcasting, Gannett, Cox, Hearst-Argyle, Media General, Meredith, Clear Channel, ACME, ComCorp/White Knight, Weigel, Grant, Pappas and Roberts.

"Feature films play a role in the programming mix for local television stations," said Rick Meril, executive vp and general sales manager at Warners' domestic distribution division, who made the announcement with WBDTD president Ken Werner. "They provide flexible quality entertainment with high brand awareness that can be counted on to deliver solid ratings year in and year out."

The stations clearing the package represent 90% of the U.S.