France's Canal Plus group said Jan. 10 that it has signed a deal with NBC Universal for exclusive first-run rights for all films produced by the studio.
PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- France's Canal Plus group said Jan. 10 that it has signed a deal with NBC Universal for exclusive first-run rights for all films produced by the studio.
The deal, for which financial details were not disclosed, comes as no surprise. Canal Plus parent Vivendi Universal retains 20% of the studio, which it fully owned until last May, when it sold a majority stake to NBC parent General Electric to cut its debt.
The "long term" agreement, for which no time frame was specified, includes second-window rights to broadcast NBC Universal's catalog on the film channels offered by the group's CanalSatellite digital satellite platform and its Kiosque pay-per-view channels.
Upcoming films from the Universal catalog include Paul Greengrass' "The Bourne Supremacy" and John Hamburg's "Along Came Polly," as well as Taylor Hackford's "Ray," Jay Roach's "Meet the Fockers," and Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights," which have yet to be released theatrically in France.
The Canal Plus premium channel shows 400 films a year, of which 320 are exclusive first runs. The group also has exclusive first-run rights for studios including Sony/Columbia, DreamWorks, New Line, Miramax and Spyglass. Additionally, the group holds rights for the exclusive broadcast of recent feature films produced by the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar.