WB sends 4 pix to Turner

'Deep,' 'Mickey,' 'Chill,' 'Three' sold to NBC, TBS, TNT

NEW YORK — Warner Bros. has sold four of its theatricals — “Deep Blue Sea,” “Mickey Blue Eyes” and the upcoming “Chill Factor” and “Three Kings” — in a combination first-broadcast window to NBC and Turner Broadcasting’s TBS and TNT.

TBS and TNT, which like Warner Bros. are divisions of Time Warner, will share the initial eight runs within a six-month license term to all of the pictures except “Mickey Blue Eyes.”

For “Mickey,” NBC will get at least two years to schedule the first two runs, starting in March 2002, after which TBS and TNT will get the title for multiple runs over a four-year period. Spokesmen for NBC and Turner declined to comment.

The license fees Warner Bros. ends up collecting from NBC and Turner Broadcasting will depend on how well the four pictures do in U.S. multiplexes. The sliding scale for each title is usually predicated on 15% or 16% of domestic box office gross, with a floor of $2 million or so and a ceiling of $30 million for a combination of NBC and Turner.

One source says “Deep Blue Sea,” which has grossed $63.8 million since it bowed in theaters four weeks ago, will cost Turner will about $10 million and NBC about $5 million. It’s still too early to predict the eventual gross of “Mickey,” which made $10.2 million in its first weekend.

For “Deep Blue Sea,” “Chill Factor” and “Three Kings,” NBC will get 15 months to play one run of each, following the eight-run, six-month exclusive window for Turner.

After NBC uses up its run, the movie goes back to Turner for the completion of the first broadcast window: TBS and TNT will have a total of 3-1/2 years to schedule multiple runs of each title.

Turner will get “Deep Blue Sea” in February 2002, “Chill Factor” (with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Skeet Ulrich) in April 2002 and “Three Kings” (with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg) in May 2002.

As part of an output deal, all four pictures will go to HBO in an exclusive pay TV window about one year after their theatrical bows.

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