Par inks German deal

ProSiebenSat.1 pacts for pics, TV series

COLOGNE — German TV group ProSiebenSat.1 has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures covering free-TV rights for Paramount productions from 2002 to 2005.

The package includes films like “Star Trek Nemesis,” “The Core” and the third sequel of “Mission: Impossible,” which will be shot next year. TV serial productions acquired as part of the deal include “Navy NCIS” with Mark Harmon. “We are happy to open a new chapter in our relationship with ProSiebenSat.1 group with this agreement,” said Gary Marenzi, president of Paramount Intl. Television.

Only a month ago, ProSiebenSat.1 signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television Intl. covering the studio’s output from 2001 to 2003, a package of 80 feature films including “Spider-Man” plus various TV movies and series.

The TV group also holds deals with Disney, Touchstone, Miramax, Dimension, Lucasfilm and local distribs Senator, Epsilon, Highlight, Constantin and Tobis. From Paramount, it bought a package of licenses from Par’s library worth over $500 million in December 2002. This week’s agreement is the first output deal directly signed between Paramount and ProSiebenSat.1, and not, as previously, with Kirch Media.

Following the separation from Kirch Media, ProSiebenSat.1in June also secured rights for 2015 films and 130 series from its former parent’s back catalog.