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MGM picks up 11 Allen pix for library

Studio makes it 19 total, adding auteur's Orion oeuvre

Bolstering its existing catalog of Woody Allen titles, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer said Wednesday that it’s acquired another 11 of the filmmaker’s movies from the past two decades.

The seven-figure deal brings to 19 the number of Allen films in MGM’s over 4,100-title library. Rights to the films previously had resided solely with Allen.

MGM said it plans to release a second collection of Allen films on video and DVD in 2001, after a recently distributed set of eight titles, including “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan” from the studio’s United Artists library.

Top-quality titles

The newly acquired Woody Allen pictures are Orion Pictures releases from 1982 to 1992. They are: “Alice,” “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy,” “Another Woman,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Radio Days,” “September,” “Shadows and Fog” and “Zelig.”

“Adding these films to MGM’s film library clearly underscores our commitment to enhance our asset base with top-quality titles,” vice chairman and chief operating officer Chris McGurk said. “Woody Allen is one of the most prolific and respected filmmakers of our time, and through this agreement, MGM further anchors its position as a premier owner of content.”

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