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IFC titles to Netflix

Net signs deal with online service for 10 original skeins

Cabler IFC has inked a first-of-its-kind pact with Netflix that will give the online DVD service exclusive windows to 10 original IFC titles over the next two years.

First programming to be made available to Netflix, which will act as a co-producer on the titles, will be IFC’s premiere scripted skeins: “Hopeless Pictures,” an animated series from Bob Balaban; “The Festival,” a Christopher Guest-style look at an indie film studio; and the revival of “Greg the Bunny.” Content will be available to all 3.2 million Netflix members shortly after the shows premiere in August on IFC.

In addition to future projects, other titles in the package include Nanette Burstein’s previously aired docu series “Film School” and upcoming original docs “The Spaghetti West” and “Wanderlust,” from the team behind “American Splendor.”

“One of the chief reasons we were able to greenlight such an aggressive slate was because of the support of Netflix,” IFC exec veep-general manager Evan Shapiro said. “It’s one of the largest, if not the largest, content distributor of independent film. There is no place else we would have gone to make this kind of a deal.”

IFC had previously licensed exclusive windows of “Dinner for Five” and “Decade Under the Influence” to Netflix.

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