USA draws ‘Map,’ ‘Labor’ to homevid

Diller nabs network, pay TV window

NEW YORK — Barry Diller, eager to beef up the movie pipeline for his USA Home Entertainment, has signed a deal with Overseas Filmgroup for exclusive homevideo rights to “A Map of the World,” with Sigourney Weaver, and “Labor Pains,” a romantic comedy with Kyra Sedgwick and Rob Morrow.

As part of the deal, Diller’s USA Network will get not only the first network window to both movies but the pay TV window as well. It’s extremely rare for a basic cable network like USA to buy out the pay window, but the deal will allow USA to start running “Map of the World” within a year of its theatrical release.

“Labor Pains” will not go to theaters in the U.S. but premiere this spring on video through USA Home Entertainment. The video of “Map of the World” will be in stores by midsummer 2000.

The Overseas Filmgroup deal “is a solid beginning to our acquisition strategy,” says Stu Snyder, president of USA Home Entertainment. “We’re actively seeking out homevideo rights to independently produced movies.”

USA Home Entertainment distributes on video the movies released through USA Films, including “The Muse,” “Being John Malkovich” and “Topsy-Turvy.”

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