ProSieben buys big pic packs

'Independence Day,' 'X-Files' part of $380 mil deal

BERLIN — The Munich-based ProSieben Group announced Tuesday the purchase of a programming package valued at 680 million marks ($380 million).

The bulk of the acquisitions come from the Kirch Group’s Taurus Film, which traditionally supplies ProSieben with much of its Hollywood product. ProSieben has also agreed to purchase programming from distribs TeleMunchen, CLT-UFA, Medienhandels and Kinowelt.

The package encompasses exclusive free-TV rights to 1,150 feature films and 1,500 hours of TV series. Movies “Independence Day,” “Broken Arrow” and “Jingle All the Way” and series “ER,” “The X-Files” and “Outer Limits” are among the titles included in the package. Around one-third of the newly-acquired programming is reserved for Germany’s third-ranked commercial web ProSieben, while the remaining two-thirds will be broadcast on weblet Kabel1.

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