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Starz inks pact with Tandem

Deal includes Sci Fi Channel skein 'Painkiller Jane'

BERLIN — Starz Media has inked a co-production and distribution pact with Tandem Communications that includes the upcoming Sci Fi Channel series “Painkiller Jane” as well as a number of fantasy-adventure made-for-TV movies.

Starz, a production and distribution subsidiary of Liberty Media, is partnering with Tandem on “Sands of Oblivion,” about an ancient Egyptian curse that’s unleashed after having been buried among the sets of Cecil B. DeMille’s original “The Ten Commandments”; “The Four Horsemen and the Apocalypse,” in which Life, the brother of Death, searches for three humans to take up arms against the Horsemen for the fate of the world; “Necronauts,” about researchers who discover the land of the dead, a parallel dimension of non-existence, and threaten the world by bringing something back from the other side; and “Merlin’s Quest,” an adventure about the Camelot sorcerer.

Neil Braun, Starz prexy of distribution and marketing, said, “Tandem’s input into our development and pro-duction will give us an ever-important international p.o.v., which will give our programs a competitive advantage in the market.”

Added David Ozer, Starz exec VP of television, “Tandem has a wealth of creative and business knowledge of the international marketplace that allows Starz Media the chance to expand their reach globally.”

Tandem distributes its own productions as well as third-party product, and has repped fare from Lions Gate Television, Mandalay Television and Sci Fi Channel.

Company recently picked up international rights to “The Company,” TNT’s upcoming miniseries based on Robert Littell’s bestselling novel about the CIA.

“It’s very important for our relationship with our clients to be creatively involved in all programs whether we are producing or representing them,” said Rola Bauer, Tandem’s co-managing director.

The Munich-based Tandem will be showcasing the new product at the upcoming American Film Market.

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