UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has struck a movie and entertainment programming deal with MGM, which will supply Sky Movies with a slate of classic titles, including all five Rocky films and 40 other features such as Twelve Angry Men to Moonstruck.
The deal also allows Artsworld - a niche channel specialising in arts programme that BSkyB bought into earlier this year - to share films with Sky Movies. The films include The French Lieutenant's Woman,1984 and Paths Of Glory.
The movie deal was brokered by head of movie acquisitions Lisa Macdonald.
The entertainment programming agreement includes all UK rights for US drama, Las Vegas, starring James Caan, which follows an elite surveillance team at Vegas' Montecito Hotel. It will be launching exclusively on Sky One in Spring 2004.
Sky One also has picked up the second season of the gritty dark comedy, Dead Like Me. The deal further secures for Sky One all UK rights for the eighth season of Stargate SG-1, alongside re-licences for older seasons, and the second season of Jeremiah, starring Luke Perry. The deal was brokered by Nicky Wood, head of acquisitions for Sky One.
'The movie deal enhances Sky Movies' unrivalled service, and strengthens our commitment to offering the widest possible range of quality movies to our subscribers,' said Sophie Turner-Laing, director of film channels and acquisitions.