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Starz! prescribes ‘Prozac’ for pay TV

'Nation' starring Ricci makes its TV debut

Miramax’s “Prozac Nation,” the $9 million movie adaptation of the controversial bestseller that stars Christina Ricci, will get its American premiere not in U.S. multiplexes but on John Malone’s Starz! pay TV network.

Stephan Shelanski, senior VP of programming for Starz!, said “Prozac Nation,” which was completed in 2001, has such a strong cast (Jessica Lange, Anne Heche and Jason Biggs), that it will be scheduled March 19 as part of Starz!’s Saturday night showcase — the location for some of the big-grossing movies it gets exclusively in pay TV windows from Touchstone, Columbia and Disney.

Shelanski declined to talk about dollar figures, but Starz! will pay a license fee of about $900,000 for the pay TV rights. Miramax will be able to sell “Prozac Nation” in DVD a few months after the Starz! premiere. The studio also will have a four-year window, from 2007-2010, to sell multiple runs of the movie to a basic cable network like Lifetime, Oxygen or WE: Women’s Entertainment.

Pic is about a young woman, played by Ricci, who’s overtaken by depression during her first year at Harvard U. and ends up racked by drug dependency, alienating her friends and family. Director is Eric Skjoldbjaerg.

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