The studios were particularly active in using MIPCOM to announce film and made-for-TV film deals:
Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) struck a multi-year agreement with Lusomundo for the pay-TV broadcast of its entire Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures slates in Portugal. The first-time deal covers features and TV movies which will air on the Lusomundo Gallery channel. Contemporary features includes Signs, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Princess Diaries.
BVITV licensed a non-exclusive package of features to ONO, a leading broadband player in Spain. The pay-per-view deal includes Calendar Girls, Veronica Guerin, Signs and Sweet Home Alabama. Forthcoming titles include The Alamo and Under The Tuscan Sun.
BVITV renewed its existing agreement with New Zealand's pay-TV operator Sky Network Television. The new deal covers a slate of current and forthcoming features including Pirates Of The Caribbean, Freaky Friday, Spy Kids 3-D Game Over, Sweet Home Alabama and Chicago.
MGM Networks launched its pay-TV film service MGM Channel into Switzerland and Liechtenstein thanks to an agreement with Teleclub AG. The service will be in German with some subscribers able to take the English feed too. Later during MIPCOM, MGM completed a deal with Northern Lights Communications to include a new MGM Channel in Iceland. The deal brings to 12 the number of MGM channels launched in Europe this year.
Other recent MGM Channel launches include one in Hong Hong and a second in Korea.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's international sales division sold TV movie Betrayed to France's M6, SRC for Quebec, TV Norge for Norway and Corp Co for China. Another Chinese buyer New View bought TV movies Passage To Ottowa and Jinnah On Crime II, White Night Black Shadow. Pan-Middle Eastern rights for Passage To Ottawa were licensed to satellite player Orbit.