Blighty’s Five banks on Sony deal

Pact covers movies and TV fare

LONDON — U.K. terrestrial web Five has inked a multimillion-pound movie deal with Sony Pictures Television Intl. that will give the broadcaster rights to such fare as “The Da Vinci Code,” “Spider-Man 3” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

The multiyear contract also includes library titles and TV fare such as laffer “‘Til Death” and renewal of cult show “Dawson’s Creek.”

Said Five acquisitions topper Vanessa Brookman: “This is a terrific deal and gives Five and its new digital channels some of the best movies of the past year and the next two years. We are delighted to be continuing our feature film relationship with SPTI.”

SPTI’s senior VP of London sales, Danny Goldman, added: “We are excited about our forthcoming movies and are looking forward to those films appearing on Five’s schedule for many years to come.”

Five, which bows digital webs Five Life and Five Us Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, respectively, had been the only U.K. web not to secure a new long-term deal with a studio.

Pathe Distribution recently agreed to a new arrangement with Blighty’s Channel 4, whose loss-making movie channel, FilmFour, recently went free-to-air.

ITV, the U.K’s biggest private terrestrial web, is believed to have struck a deal with Warners, while the BBC has signed with Disney.

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