FX Gains Rights to Blair Witch


New York -- FX has acquired the broadcast-window rights to
the hit independent-film sleeper The Blair Witch Project, officials said Thursday.

The deal was brokered while the film was in limited
release. It expands to 500 screens this Friday, July 30, and to wide-release on 1,500 to
2,000 screens on Aug. 6. According to published reports, FX has agreed to pay $5 million
to $10 million for broadcast rights to the low-budget scary film, which is expected to be
a huge box office hit.

FX will get the theatrical in 2002, following the
movie's pay-television window on Showtime Networks. That pay window is part of an
exclusive arrangement between the film's studio, Artisan Pictures, and the premium

In a prepared statement, FX president Peter Liguori said,
"We are thrilled with the addition of The Blair Witch Project to our movie
inventory. Acquisitions of stellar films like Blair Witch solidify our Generation
FX Movies label as a home for courageous, creative works."

In other news Thursday, DirecTV Inc. will be adding FX to
its Total Choice package starting this month, officials said Thursday. FX will be
available to more than 5.3 million homes that subscribe to DirecTV's high-power