LONDON and SANTA MONICA, CA, March 29, 2012 – Global film and television studio Miramax and Britain’s branded multichannel broadcaster UKTV today announced a licensing agreement under which a number of the studio’s hit films will be made available to UKTV subscribers across its basic pay and DTT channels. UKTV in the UK and Ireland is now offering a wide range of Miramax’s award-winning and crowd-pleasing films across its channels. The announcement was made by Miramax’s Danny Goldman, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales, Europe, and Alexandra Finlay, Head of Acquisitions and Co Productions, UKTV.
“UKTV has a proven record of delivering high-quality feature films to its subscribers and we are delighted that the Miramax library, which offers one of the world’s leading collections of high-end feature films, will become part of UKTV’s market-leading mix,” said Goldman. “This is the first major, multi-title linear deal for Miramax in the UK and Ireland, and we are very pleased to continue growing Miramax’s direct relationships in the market.”
Alexandra Finlay from UKTV said, “We’re delighted to have concluded our first deal with Miramax. The Miramax library is renowned for its breadth and quality, and these films will be a fantastic addition to UKTV’s general entertainment offering.”
Formed in 1997, UKTV is an independent commercial joint venture, between BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and Scripps Networks International.
Attracting 39 million viewers each month, the network consists of 10 distinctive channel brands – Watch, Gold, Dave, Alibi, Yesterday, Blighty, Eden, Home, Really and Good Food – offering a broad range of quality programming across entertainment, lifestyle and factual programming. UKTV currently operates 24 broadcast streams when multiplexes (+1s) and HD channels are taken into account, and 11 highly successful websites. Promising to creatively connect its audiences with great programming, UKTV’s successful programming strategy combines quality content from the BBC with high profile original commissions and key acquisitions. All UKTV channels are distributed on Sky and Virgin Media. Dave, Really, and Yesterday are also available on Freeview. (www.uktv.co.uk)
Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures. Miramax sells directly and licenses its titles globally through strategic partnerships including: Lionsgate, Netflix, Facebook, Hulu and StudioCanal. The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most original and acclaimed independent films including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, No Country for Old Men, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Life is Beautiful Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot – as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bad Santa, and the Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. In 2011, Miramax released three new films including the critically acclaimed film The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, directed by John Madden. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award nominations and 68 Oscars, including four Best Picture awards.
Miramax is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with a sales office in London. For more information, please visit www.miramax.com, “like” the company on www.facebook.com/miramax and follow Miramax on Twitter @Miramax.
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