Showtime, Orion settle

Showtime Networks Inc. and Orion Pictures agreed Tuesday to settle their longstanding dispute over their 1986 exclusive premium TV output deal.

The cabler reportedly will pay Orion an undisclosed sum.

Terms of the deal were not revealed.

Showtime, owned by Viacom, and Orion also issued a joint approval of a new exclusive output agreement covering new Orion pix and some existing Orion titles.

A Showtime spokeswoman said the agreement is for three years but declined to discuss other details.

The two companies have been involved in litigation from a 1986 agreement. Showtime claimed Orion failed to comply with a “key man” provision in the pact, which, according to Orion spokesman Phillip Myers, required the exec who negotiated the original deal to fulfill it.

Orion reportedly had a deal to provide 16 pix for the cabler. According to Showtime’s statement, the cabler made payments for pix that “did not qualify for such payments.”

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