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DreamWorks continues on Tribune trip

Titles include 'Shrek 2,' 'War of the Worlds,' 'Anchorman'

NEW YORK — “War of the Worlds,” “Madagascar” and other recent DreamWorks movies will get their TV-syndication plays through Tribune Entertainment, which will continue the output deal it engineered with the companies two years ago.

New arrangement calls for Tribune to funnel DreamWorks titles released in 2004 and 2005 to TV stations throughout the country, led by the 22 Tribune-owned outlets, including WPIX New York and KTLA Los Angeles.

With the Tribune deal concluded, DreamWorks has locked in the last piece of its ancillary contract puzzle. HBO has the pay TV rights, ABC has the broadcast-network rights (except for the animated pics, which DreamWorks sells to other broadcasters), and Turner’s TNT and TBS own the cable-net rights.

Other titles in the mix for Tribune include “Shrek 2,” “Collateral,” “The Terminal,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “The Ring Two.”

Tribune also gets forthcoming pics such as Michael Bay’s “The Island,” Wes Craven’s “Red Eye” and “Just Like Heaven,” starring Reese Witherspoon. Dick Askin, prexy-CEO of Tribune Entertainment, said 18 pictures distributed in 2004 and 2005 fall under the deal.

Contract with stations calls for no cash payments; instead, stations set aside 14 minutes in each two-hour run for Tribune to sell to national advertisers.

Summarizing the windows, Hal Richardson, head of worldwide TV distribution for DreamWorks, said HBO gets the movies within a year of their theatrical release for a license term of 18 months. Then ABC gets the pics in an exclusive three-year window, followed by an exclusive two-year window for Turner.

The titles go back to HBO for another exclusive window (this one for 12 months), and then they return to a window Turner shares with Tribune.

Within this window, Turner’s time calls for TV stations to play two runs of each title in a one-month time frame, except for blockbusters like “War of the Worlds,” whose window shrinks to nine days.

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