Disney inks exclusive pact with RTL

German free-TV deal includes 'John Carter,' 'Brave'

BERLIN — Disney has inked a wide-ranging, multi-year free-TV output deal with RTL Deutschland, Germany’s leading commercial broadcasting group.

The exclusive licensing agreement, which ends Disney’s previous free-TV pact with rival ProSiebenSat.1, includes the German free-TV premieres of 2012 theatrical releases from Disney, Pixar and Marvel as well as live-action features from DreamWorks.

In addition, the deal includes U.S. series from ABC Studios, Disney Channel Original Movies and classic titles from the Mouse House’s vast library.

Among the Disney highlights that will bow on RTL are “John Carter,” which hits local theaters in March, “Brave,” “The Avengers” and the local romantic comedy “Frisch Gepresst,” as well as ABC’s hit fairytale series “Once Upon a Time.”

Robert Langer, Disney’s country manager, called RTL “a perfect TV partner for our attractive series and film highlights in Germany,” adding that the pact brought together two leading brands.

The companies did not disclose the financial details of the agreement.

RTL, which nabs top ratings with series including “CSI: Miami,” “House,” “Royal Pains” and “White Collar,” also has deals with Warner Bros., NBCUniversal and Studiocanal.

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