TNT, TBS sequester ‘Jury’

Fox pic makes unusual move outside the network

TNT and its sibling TBS have ponied up about $5 million for the network window to 20th Century Fox’s courtroom drama “Runaway Jury.”

Deal is unusual only in that most 20th movies end up on the Fox network and its sister cable channel FX. But “Runaway Jury,” based on the John Grisham bestseller, is the kind of cerebral suspenser that’s more appropriate to TNT, with its “We Know Drama” ad campaign and lineup of “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue” and “Judging Amy” reruns.

And the movie’s disappointing domestic box office of $49.4 million cooled the Fox Network’s interest in the movie.

But 20th has reserved the right to sell a license term of “Jury” to CBS for at least one run within the network window. TNT gets the rights to the movie beginning in March 2006. Jonathan Katz, senior VP of program planning and acquisitions, negotiated the deal for TNT/TBS.

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