VOX LOCKS FOX BLOCK

Rupert Murdoch-controlled German infotainment web Vox has snagged exclusive free TV rights to a package of 20th Century Fox series and TV movies.

Vox managing director Markus Tellenbach and acquisitions chief Andrej Henkler confirmed Sept. 18 that the network closed a deal Sept. 15 to acquire the broadcast rights to three new Fox series and somewhere between five and 10 made-fors.

The three series are Steven Bochco’s “Murder One,” David Kelley’s “The Pastor’s Wife” and “Space: Above and Beyond,” from producing duo Glen Morgan and James Wong.

Exactly which TV movies would be included is not yet clear, as the precise number of made-fors has not yet been settled.

Vox officials would not comment on licensing periods or value, but the deal is believed to carry a pricetag of between $6.75 million and $10 million.

The agreement also deals another blow to German film rights dealer Leo Kirch, who had controlled the rights to Fox product in Germany. Only a few weeks ago, Kirch lost control of the Warner output deal, which went to rival RTL for an estimated $240 million.

Kirch Group managing director Gottfried Zmeck was unavailable for comment Sept. 18.

“The most attractive film package next to Warner Bros., which includes all German-language rights to the complete lineup of Fox’s TV productions this season, goes exclusively to Vox,” the channel said in a statement. “For the first time, Vox has prevailed over all the other German broadcasters in the fight for 20th Century Fox’s successful programs.”

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