Canal+ Spain inks D’Works deal

MADRID — Leading Spanish pay TV outfit Canal Plus Spain has inked a long-term pay TV rights deal for Spain with DreamWorks.

The agreement, comprising DreamWorks’ first 40 movies, does not include pay-per-view rights. But it will allow Canal Plus Spain to multiplex the films on sister company CanalSat Digital (CSD), the digital TV platform owned, like Canal Plus Spain, by film and TV holding Sogecable.

Sogecable is controlled by Canal Plus in France (25%) and Spanish print and media empire Prisa (25%).

Upcoming DreamWorks pics in the deal include Anthony Hopkins starrer “Friendship,” the animated feature “Prince of Egypt,” “The Peacemaker,” toplining Nicole Kidman and George Clooney, and “Deep Impact,” with Robert Duvall and Vanessa Redgrave.

The DreamWorks deal makes it three for Canal Plus Spain and indirectly CSD. In Spain’s first so-called “digital deals,” over the last two months Sogecable has inked long-term pay TV and PPV rights to non-animated Disney pics and all Polygram pics.

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