Spain’s Via has Fox pix

Catalog includes 'Braveheart,' 'Home Alone'

MADRID — Spanish digital platform Via Digital has made its first U.S. studio deal, via Barcelona-based channel production house Media Park.

Media Park has inked with Twentieth Century Fox Intl. to license top pics from its feature film catalog, including “Braveheart,” “Die Hard,” “Home Alone” and classics such as “Cleopatra.” The deal runs for 10 years.

The pics will screen on a reportedly non-exclusive basis on three of the movie channels Media Park packages for satellite service Via Digital: adventure pic service Cinema Palace, romantic channel Boulevard and art film Cinematk.

Fox and Media Park are now in early discussions to co-produce TV programming in Spain.

Last month, film and TV conglom Sogecable licensed exclusive first and second-window pay-TV rights to upcoming Fox movies for two services on Via rival CanalSatelite Digital, its premium movie channel Canal Plus and its rerun service Cinemania.

Media Park is a joint venture among Philips (20.%), Catalan regional pubcaster Corporacion Catalana de Radio y Television (18%), utility company Iberdrola (15%), Antena 3 TV (5%) and Grup Equip (42%), which groups private local investors.

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