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NBC, Turner share ‘Crown’

TNT gets window to 'Vegas'

NBC with Ted Turner’s TNT and TBS will share the first network window for MGM’s “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

The parties declined to comment on the deal, but sources say NBC and Turner will each pony up about $6 million, with TNT also getting the exclusive network window to MGM’s “Leaving Las Vegas.”

NBC will get the first run of “Crown” in the February 2002 sweeps. TBS will then get a window to schedule a burst of runs of the movie, followed by one more run on NBC. TBS will take over the movie for the final years of the contract.

CBS made a serious offer to share the “Crown” window with Turner last month but came up short. “Crown,” which grossed $68 million in U.S. theaters, stars Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in the roles originated by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the 1968 original.

“Leaving Las Vegas” was languishing in MGM’s vault because of its adult-oriented content. But pic’s director, Mike Figgis, supervised re-editing of the film (which won Nicolas Cage a best actor Oscar) to make it playable on TNT.