Peacock buys Par pic pack

$50 mil deal gives NBC spate of B.O. h'weights

NBC has purchased exclusive broadcast rights to a package of 11 Paramount films, including “Face/Off,” “In & Out,” “Kiss the Girls” and “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker,” for about $50 million, sources said Wednesday.

Also included in the purchase were “The Beautician and the Beast” with Fran Drescher, “Good Burger” with Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, “Fairy Tale: A True Story,” “The Relic,” “The Ghost and the Darkness,” with Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer, and “The Saint,” starring Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue.

NBC also snagged broadcast rights to a Jim Carrey film, “The Truman Show,” which has not yet opened. NBC’s window to air the movies begins in the 1999-2000 season after the pay TV window on HBO. The length of NBC’s window and the number of runs varies from movie to movie, but the network received four runs over a five-year period on some of the bigger hits, sources say.

NBC’s 11-picture, $50 million deal follows its $8 million purchase of Polygram’s “Bean” and CBS’ $20 million purchase of the upcoming James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” from MGM.Par’s TV group also sold a small package of pics to CBS for a much smaller sum. The Par films heading to the Eye web include “Breakdown,” with Kurt Russell, “The Odd Couple 2” and “Dear God.”

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