Deal covers French pay TV rights
CANNESGallic TV giant Canal Plus Group has inked an exclusive output deal with Warner Bros. for its pay TV channels and multiple platforms. Deal, effective from September, covers pay TV rights of films and catalog titles for Canal Plus, Cine Plus, Comedy Plus and Jimmy as well as its catch-up services, mobile apps and game consoles. Orange Cinema Series, the multichannel package owed by France Telecom-owned Orange, has held exclusive French pay TV rights to Warner Bros. pics since its launch in 2008, although Canal Plus was able to secure select titles from OCS. “The Canal Plus Group is particularly proud to renew this partnership with Warner Bros,” said Rodolphe Belmer, exec VP of content at Canal Plus Group. “This pact underscores our commitment to provide subscribers with a richer and more attractive offer on television.” Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, prexy Warner Bros. Intl. TV, said “Canal Plus has always deeply appreciated Warner Bros. films, and our long tradition of film success.” Pact includes Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” Clint Eastwood starrer “Trouble With the Curve,” “Gangster Squad,” with Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn, as well as the Zack Snyder-helmed “Man of Steel,” produced by Christopher Nolan. Canal Plus Group recently stepped into free TV with two new digital terrestrial channels, D8 and D17. However, French anti-trust authority rulings only allow the company to sign one output deal with a U.S. major for its free-to-air webs. At Mipcom, Canal Plus announced the acquisition of ABC skein “Last Resort” from “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan, and History’s miniseries “Hatfield & McCoys,” starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. Helmed by Martin Campbell (“Casino Royal”), “Last Resort” is produced by MiddKid in association with Sony Pictures Television. “Hatfield & McCoys” is helmed by Kevin Reynolds and co-penned by Ronald Parker and Ted Mann, whose credits include “Deadwood.” It is produced by Leslie Greif Prods. and Thinkfactory Media.