Sogecable inks D’Works PPV deal

Pact gives conglom exclusive rights

MADRID — Not to be totally outdone by rival Telefonica, which gobbled up Dutch TV giant Endemol last Friday, Spanish film and TV conglom Sogecable is once more on a rights offensive.

Demonstrating new teeth, Sogecable has signed a 16-pic pay-per-view deal with DreamWorks for its satcaster Canal Satelite Digital (CSD).

Unlike most such deals with digital platforms in Europe, DreamWork’s first Spanish pay-per-view pact gives Sogecable exclusive PPV rights. Pact includes Oscar hopeful “American Beauty” and animation duo “Prince of Egypt” and “Antz.”

“Exclusivity will be crucial in the future,” averred Jacques Roldan, director of Sogecable’s acquisition division. “If we can’t get totally exclusive PPV rights, we just won’t buy.”

Controlled by Spain’s Prisa and France’s Canal Plus, both with 21%, Sogecable should see CSD break even late this year.

Company now looks set to rack up further product deals with U.S. studios and Spanish indies.

Sogecable recently inked accords with art pic distrib Vertigo Films and aggressive Barcelona-based Manga Films. Latter covers 25-30 Manga releases over 2000 and 2001, including high-profile indie pics “The Whole Nine Yards” and “13 Days.”

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