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New Line sells pix to 5 nets

USA, Sci Fi pre-buys Lopez-starrer 'Cell'

NEW YORK — New Line has sold a dozen of its movies, including “Final Destination” and “Frequency,” to five different networks in an elaborate series of deals engineered by David Spiegelman.

Spiegelman, exec VP of domestic-TV distribution and marketing for New Line, sold nine of the titles to USA Network and its sister Sci Fi Channel in the first network window. These two webs will share “Frequency” with ABC and “Final Destination” and “Boiler Room” with the Fox Network.

USA and Sci Fi also pre-bought “The Cell,” starring Jennifer Lopez, which opens in theaters this week, for the exclusive four-year network window. Spiegelman and spokesmen for USA and the other networks declined to comment on the deal.

Sources say USA will end up paying $20 million-$25 million for the nine movies, with the final total depending on how well “The Cell” performs at the domestic box office.

‘State’ of Comedy

New Line pre-sold two of its other forthcoming releases to cable, funneling “State and Main,” a comedy written and directed by David Mamet and starring Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker, to Comedy Central, and the family movie “Little Vampire” with Jonathan Lipnicki (“Jerry Maguire”) to the Disney Channel.

The other New Line movies in the USA deal are “Love & Basketball”; 1997’s “Money Talks,” with Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen; “Simpatico” (Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone); “B.A.P.S.” (Halle Berry); and “The Players Club,” directed by and starring Ice Cube.

As previously announced, New Line has sold Jimmy Smits boxing pic “The Price of Glory” to ABC for its network premiere on the cable channel ESPN Classic.

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