'Contact,' 'Conspiracy Theory' on slate
Warner Bros. International TV Distribution has inked a multiyear pay-per-view deal with DirecTV Japan, providing the digital platform with the nonexclusive PPV rights to a slate of upcoming feature films.The deal was unveiled Wednesday by WBIT prexy Jeffrey Schlesinger and DirecTV chairman Larry Hunter. The deal involves an initial slate of movies from Warner Bros. that includes “Contact,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “Father’s Day,” “Fire Down Below” and “Addicted to Love.” DirecTV is a leading digital satellite broadcast platform and has attracted more than 3.9 million subs in the U.S. and more than 380,000 in 12 countries in Latin America. In Japan the service launched in December 1997 and currently counts more than 167,000 subs. WBITD also has a programming supply deal with the other digital platform in Japan, SkyPerfect. The deal with DirecTV was negotiated on behalf of WBITD by Matthew Robinson, VP, business development Asia. No figure was available for the value of the deal with DirecTV.