Network takes back free-to-air rights to 007 catalog
All 23 films in the franchise will be available for free on ITV, which will also have the free-to-air premiere of the latest instalment, “Skyfall,” which will air next year. The film is the most successful Bond film of all time, grossing more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Last year, pay TV operator BSkyB signed a one-year deal for all U.K. rights to the Bond catalog, and launched a dedicated channel for the pics. ITV had previously held the U.K. free-to-air rights for almost 40 years. Today’s deal marks a return of the catalog to ITV after a year’s break.
“MGM is thrilled to partner again with ITV to bring James Bond home to U.K. audiences,“ said Chris Ottinger, president, international television distribution and acquisitions, MGM.
“The Bond franchise is a jewel in the MGM library and we are delighted to share the films with the viewers across the United Kingdom.”