In its latest round of major contemporary motion picture purchases, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) has acquired the United States broadcast network window rights to 17 top movies from Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. for Turner Network Television (TNT) and TBS Superstation.
The agreements bring to more than 80 the total number of announced motion pictures whose broadcast network window rights the company has acquired for the networks. The deals were announced today by Bradley J. Siegel, president, TNT and Turner Classic Movies, and Bill Burke, president, TBS Superstation, at the networks' Sales Upfront presentation in Los Angeles. In TBS, Inc.'s first-ever broadcast network window agreement with Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, TNT and TBS Superstation land As Good As It Gets, featuring the Academy Award-winning performances of Jack Nicholson (Best Actor) and Helen Hunt (Best Actress), and Greg Kinnear's Oscar-nominated performance; from the screenwriter of Scream, Kevin Williamson, the smash thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt; Mira Sorvino and Chow Yun-Fat in The Replacement Killers; and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia.
In an agreement with New Line Cinema, TBS Superstation and TNT acquire Wag The Dog, the critically acclaimed satire in which a presidential scandal is covered up by Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro; the smash The Wedding Singer, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore; the futuristic sci-fi thriller Dark City; and One Night Stand, starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassia Kinski.
From Warner Bros. Domestic Pay TV, Cable & Network Features, TBS Superstation and TNT acquire the broadcast network windows to L.A. Confidential, the critically acclaimed film noir thriller featuring Kim Basinger's Oscar-winning performance and co-starring Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe; U.S. Marshals, the exciting follow-up to The Fugitive, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes; Mad City, starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta; the screen adaptation of the best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood and headlined by Kevin Spacey and John Cusack; and The Postman, starring Kevin Costner.
Separately, TBS, Inc. will share the broadcast network windows of L.A. Confidential and Mad City with CBS. CBS will take one-time premiere runs of both titles. Immediately following their CBS airings, L.A. Confidential and Mad City will then come to TNT and TBS Superstation for subsequent airings in the broadcast network window.
In another Warner Bros. deal, the two networks license three pictures produced by New Regency and one produced by Turner Pictures: the thriller The Devil's Advocate, starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves; Breaking Up, with Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek; Bill Murray as The Man Who Knew Too Little; and Fallen, the Turner Pictures production starring Denzel Washington and John Goodman.
"These acquisitions further strengthen our arsenal of superior contemporary programming in the broadcast network window and provide our cable affiliates continued high value and strong return on their investment in TNT," said Siegel. These titles will also combine with our TNT Originals, the NBA on TNT and the New Classics movie line-up to further drive ratings and important demographic delivery."
"TBS Superstation continues to build brand identity through its movie franchises and stunts," said Bill Burke. "We're excited to add these impressive titles to our expanding library of movies in the broadcast network window."
In previous deals, TNT and TBS Superstation landed the broadcast network window rights to such major motion pictures as The English Patient, Fargo, Shine, The Game, Conspiracy Theory, Absolute Power, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Michael, Evita, Space Jam, Contact, The American President, Dumb and Dumber and The Shawshank Redemption.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.