ITV buys rights to U’s 2001-3 pics

Deal includes 'Boy,' 'Mummy,' 'Ali G'

LONDON — ITV and Universal have agreed a licensing deal for the terrestrial TV rights to the studio’s 2001-2003 feature releases in the U.K.

The multimillion dollar deal, which includes product from Working Title Films, sees Britain’s biggest commercial web pick up the terrestrial debuts of “About A Boy,” “The Mummy Returns,” “American Pie 2,” “Ali G Indahouse, “Hannibal,” as well as the upcoming “The Hulk” and “Red Dragon.”

The agreement covers eight 2001 releases, 11 from 2002, and an unknown quantity due for release next year.

Archive titles, too

The deal also covers a selection of archive titles, including “Terminator 2” and “Murder On The Orient Express,” taken from U’s library of 34,000 hours of programming.

All of the pics will air on the flagship ITV1 channel.

ITV controller of acquisitions Jeremy Boulton said: “Universal has been experiencing tremendous success and this agreement secures the studio’s incredible slate of films for ITV1 in the U.K.”

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