CANNES — Continuing on its aggressive expansion course, German licensing company Intertainment has struck a pan-European, three-year output deal with Franchise Pictures. The deal secures for Intertainment all of Franchise’s current and future slate, which covers a minimum of 60 pictures.
The pact builds on the one that Franchise and Intertainment made late last year, when Intertainment bought 10 Franchise pics for Germany, France, Benelux and Eastern Europe.
The new agreement includes rights in those territories, plus the U.K., Italy, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and Iceland. Intertainment CEO Barry Baeres would not comment on his plans for the pics in territories where Intertainment does not have its own distribution operations.
Pictures now going to Intertainment include John Travolta starrer “Battlefield Earth” and “The Whole Nine Yards” toplining Bruce Willis. Further pictures included are Wesley Snipes starrer “The Art of War” as well as “Hospitality Suite.”
Earlier this market, Intertainment invested coin raised from its recent stock exchange listing in pan-European rights for a package of 10 features from David Kirkpatrick’s Original Voice.
(Benedict Carver in Cannes contributed to this report.)