'Cinderella Man,' 'Kicking' slated

NEW YORK — Turner Broadcasting has engineered a five-picture deal with NBC Universal giving it the first plays in the network window of “Cinderella Man” and the Will Ferrell vehicle “Kicking & Screaming.”

Deal also includes second plays of two U titles that will premiere in the window on FX: “Friday Night Lights” and “Assault on Precinct 13.”

Turner and NBC Universal declined to discuss license fees, but TNT paid about $8 million for “Cinderella Man” and the TNT sibling TBS shelled out $7 million or so for “Kicking & Screaming,” a sports comedy that also starred Robert Duvall. “Cinderella Man” grossed a disappointing $61.6 million in the U.S.; “Kicking & Screaming” pocketed $52.6 million in domestic multiplexes.

NBC Universal has reserved the right to carve out a broadcast-network window to “Cinderella Man” and “Kicking & Screaming” for up to three runs following their first year of exclusivity on TNT and TBS.

The three other first-play titles in the NBC U deal are “A Perfect Man,” with Hilary Duff, which managed only $16.2 million domestically; “Unleashed,” starring Jet Li and Morgan Freeman, which collected $24.5 million in the U.S.; and “Seed of Chucky,” which chalked up $17 million. All of the pics will go first to HBO in the exclusive pay TV window.

TNT gets “Cinderella Man” and TBS “Perfect Man” in January 2008. “Kicking & Screaming” goes to TBS in November 2007, “Unleashed” to TNT in December 2007 and the “Chucky” sequel to TNT in June 2007.

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