TV licensing pact covers 175 titles

PARIS — Gallic TV company AB Groupe has inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to distribute 175 titles from the major’s library.

The pact allows AB Intl. Distribution, the commercial division of AB Groupe, to distrib the titles to French-speaking networks across Europe for the next eight years.

Some of Par’s titles acquired by the company include “Mission: Impossible,” “Mission: Impossible 2″ and “Forrest Gump,” as well as classics like “The Godfather,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Chinatown” and “Marathon Man.”

AB Group, one of France’s largest TV channel owners and rights brokers, boasts a library of more than 20,000 hours of programming and operates 17 thematic channels available on cable and satellite services in France and more than 20 countries.

AB Group’s library features French and foreign hit skeins including “Friends,” “Mafiosa” and “Desperate Parents.”

“Distributing high-profile and cult films from Paramount’s library brings a considerable added value to AB Groupe’s catalog,” said Valerie Vleeschhouwer, managing director of AB Intl. Distribution.

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