UTV announces movie syndication deals over $1 mn

MUMBAI: UTV Motion Pictures has announced multiple syndication deals in various territories amounting to over $1 million. The motion pictures division of the UTV said that the deals are primarily for terrestrial TV rights and satellite rights for films in UTV?s library.

The company has signed a deal with broadcaster Channel 4 in UK for two of its library titles - The Blue Umbrella and Kaminey for a limited period.

In Sri Lanka, UTV has licensed terrestrial television rights for four films including Tees Maar Khan and Guzaarish to a local broadcaster for a three year period. It has also signed a deal with an Indonesian distributor for terrestrial television rights for multiple films including Tees Maar Khan, Chance Pe Dance, and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

On the domestic front, UTV has signed a non-exclusive deal with Zoom to broadcast titles from its library including films like Jodhaa Akbar, Chance Pe Dance and Goal for a limited term.

UTV has also licensed the terrestrial television rights for India territory for seven movies including Tees Maar Khan, Guzaarish, and Chillar Party. Feeding the current demand for HD content, UTV has licensed a few titles to Star TV for its HD channels only.

UTV has also licensed SVOD rights of multiple film titles to Videocon for its D2H platform. UTV clarified that all these are short term deals. UTV has also licensed to Star HD channels to provide HD formats of leading movies for their recently launched HD channels, some of which are, Dev.D, Kaminey, Fashion, A Wednesday, Jodhaa Akbar and Life in a Metro among others.

UTV Motion Pictures Sr VP, international distribution and syndication Amrita Pandey said, "UTV has a strong and growing catalogue of popular titles, which will do well for broadcasters world over. We are continuing to monetise these titles long after their initial exploitation period."

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