Deal includes 'Pirates of Caribbean,' 'Guide to Galaxy'

BERLIN — The Mouse House and Haim Saban’s ProSiebenSat 1 TV group have extended their multiyear licensing agreement for features, series and animated product, including major upcoming pics “Pirates of the Caribbean: Treasures of the Lost Abyss” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

Under the deal, announced Wednesday by Buena Vista Intl. Television veep Alison Homewood, ProSiebenSat 1 gets pics from Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films. Included are “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “The Aviator” as well as series “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Original agreement was inked in November 2002 and extended prematurely.

In addition, ProSiebenSat 1 will carry Disney branded blocks “Disney Filmparade” on its main ProSieben web and “Disney Time” on its Kabel 1 web. Kabel 1 also has licensed branded content from the Jetix Europe library (formerly Fox Kids Europe) for its new Jetix-branded timeslot.

“Disney Time,” which airs Sunday mornings on Kabel 1, showcases Disney animation, such as “Disney’s Lilo & Stitch,” “Disney’s Fillmore,” “Disney’s Timon & Pumbaa” and new episodes of “Disney’s Kim Possible.” The new half-hour Jetix-branded block runs on Saturday mornings on Kabel 1, offering series such as “Sonic X” and “Shaman King.”

Carsten Fink, BVITV exec director of sales for German-speaking Europe, and Tomas Arteaga, exec director of children’s TV sales, hammered out the deals.

Announcement follows last week’s agreement between ProSiebenSat 1, one of Hollywood’s biggest European clients, and Spyglass Entertainment for all German-lingo TV rights to the U.S. company’s future productions, including Rob Marshall’s “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

Disney has a broad presence on German TV, including strategic engagements with rival group RTL. The Mouse House owns 50% of leading tyke channel Super RTL as well as a minor stake in RTL II, and also has two digital webs, Playhouse Disney and Toon Disney, on German cabler Kabel Deutschland.

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