Twentieth Century Fox television distribution & Starz sign licensing pact

MUMBAI: A new multi-year licensing deal sees hundreds of movies from the Twentieth Century Fox Television distribution library airing commercial-free on the Starz and Encore premium channels.

The agreement also includes associated HD, on-demand and authenticated online offerings. Titles included as part of the pact are Big Momma's House, 2001's Planet of the Apes, Cheaper By the Dozen, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Fight Club and many others.

"Consumers have long-subscribed to the Starz family of premium services thanks to the depth and breadth of its quality movie product. This agreement with Fox will fortify our pipeline of popular theatrical library content through the end of the decade and is a great complement to our exclusive originals, first-run movies, and other popular movie fare," said business and legal affairs executive VP of acquisitions Michael Thornton.

"Encompassing a deep collection of hundreds of films including such highlights as movies from the Ice Age, X-Men and Home Alone franchises, as well as There's Something About Mary and Alien, these timeless hits will be a great addition for our loyal subscribers." Thornton added.

Twentieth Century Fox television distribution executive VP of worldwide pay television and SVOD Gina Brogi commented, "We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Starz and thrilled that they will have an opportunity to access so many great films from Fox's extensive library."

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