IFC nabs 21-pack of Lions Gate pix

Ten titles to make network TV preem on cabler

The Independent Film Channel has acquired “Shattered Glass,” “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and “The Cooler” as part of a 21-film licensing deal with Lions Gate Films.

Ten of the titles will make their network TV premiere on the cabler.

Pact follows last year’s 20-pic deal with Lions Gate, which covered such films as “Max,” “The Grey Zone” and “Lantana” (Daily Variety, July 15).

IFC also has inked multipic licensing agreements with New Line TV and Miramax in the past year.

“IFC is an ideal partner for Lions Gate Films because we share a mutual respect for the indie film genre and a mission to offer audiences high-quality entertainment,” said Ira Bernstein, president of worldwide TV distribution for Lions Gate.

Terms undisclosed

Films will begin airing on the channel in the first quarter this year and will continue through 2015. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Other titles in the package include “Wonderland,” “Confidence,” “Monster’s Ball,” “Cabin Fever” and “Lovely and Amazing.”

Movie deals, along with the cabler’s focus on its expanding original programming, give IFC its most ambitious slate to date.

“This latest agreement with Lions Gate Films further strengthens our film library with powerful titles and television premieres and provides some of the best independent filmmakers with a true voice,” said Ed Carol, the exec VP for IFC.

IFC VP of film acquisitions George Lentz and Lions Gate TV exec VP for domestic sales Rand Stoll brokered the deal.

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