Report: $100m rights deal covers 700 titles
Ron Tutor, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., Colony Capital and Qatar Holding, paid the Walt Disney Co. $663 million for Miramax. The deal makes sense for Netflix, which is trying to assemble a vast library of catalog titles to drive its online subscription business. That effort took some hits earlier this week when both Showtime and Starz separately announced limits to the amount of TV programming to be made available for streaming on Netflix. Either way, Netflix has been ponying up considerable coin for those deals, paying separate $200 million-a-year streaming deals for films from Epix and TV shows from CBS and ABC, Disney Channel and ABC Family. It also spent a large sum to lock down a five-year pact with Relativity Media. Netflix declined comment. Earlier this year, Miramax CEO Michael Lang said digital distribution deals were key for Miramax and that it would use such pacts to replace traditional pay TV pair-ups with HBO or Showtime. A Netflix deal would follow Miramax’s move in February to have Lionsgate and StudioCanal distribute the company’s film library on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as digital platforms, in the U.S. and overseas territories.