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MGM sells 50 movies to Spanish TV group

Classics to air on LaSexta3

MGM has sold a package of more than 50 movies to Spanish broadcaster LaSexta for its upcoming U.S. fiction channel, LaSexta3.

Dal covers classics from the 1960s onwards including “The Apartment,” “New York, New York,” “Last Tango in Paris,” “Raging Bull,” “Mississippi Burning” and “Fargo”; and 10 Woody Allen pics led by “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan.”

LaSexta3 goes on air Monday. MGM features will air in Sexta3 primetime and latenight.

MGM-Sexta deal follows a U.S. programming buying frenzy by Spanish private broadcasters to fill skeds on the growing number of digital terrestrial TV channels after the country’s analog switchoff in April.

In March, Sexta inked Spanish free-to-air TV rights for an MGM package that included James Bond pics plus the “Rocky” and “Robocop” sagas.

Two weeks earlier, the network closed its biggest movie agreement to date with Warner Bros. as part of a three-year exclusive output deal that also included WB’s TV dramas.

“We will dedicate 90% of Sexta3 programming to U.S. TV fiction and feature films,” said Sexta CEO Jose Miguel Contreras.

Launched in 2006 by Spanish media conglom Imagina and Mexican TV giant Televisa, Sexta will operate four digital TV services: core channel LaSexta, LaSexta2 (dedicated to nonfiction Spanish production), LaSexta3 and LaSextaHD.

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