Starz Entertainment Bolsters First-Run, Library Titles

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Starz Entertainment has inked deals with seven content providers covering an array of first-run and library theatricals.

The pacts, covering product from Summit, Lionsgate, Hallmark, IFC, Samuel Goldwyn Co., First Look and Fremantle, will enable Starz Entertainment to offer the films on multiple platforms, including its 16 linear channels, in high-definition, Starz On Demand and Starz Play, the broadband video download service.  

Starz will have access to a wide variety of first-run films across many genres including P2, a horror thriller from Summit, starring Wes Bentley and Rachel Nichols. The film is scheduled for a Starz Saturday night premiere. Goya’s Ghost from the Samuel Goldwyn Co. stars Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem, in a film directed by Oscar-winner Milos Forman. 

IFC first-run titles include After the Wedding, nominated for a 2007 Oscar for best foreign film; Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee; Goodtime Max, directed by and starring James Franco; and Puff Ball, directed by Nicolas Roeg. 

Among the library titles: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, By Dawn’s Early Light, Call of the Wild, Bye Bye Birdie, Hound of the Baskervilles, and Rear Window from Hallmark.

“Movies have always been the bread and butter of our company,” said Starz vice president, program acquisitions Nancy Silverstone in a statement. “These deals reinforce our position as the movie leader in television and helps fill our content pipeline for years to come.  It’s also an indication of our appetite for all types of movies – for new, old, indie and mainstream.”