New Films International is expanding its distribution pact with Miramax International following its move into exhibition in Turkey where it holds a 50% stake in five-theatre Istanbul outfit New Art International.

New York-based New Films will distribute 89 Miramax titles across the Eastern European market, with all rights, including theatrical, TV, video and DVD, but excluding pay-TV.

Films covered in the deal include The Cider House Rules, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Holy Smoke.

Miramax international sales and distribution exec vice president Cedric Jeanson said the outfit was holding onto pay-TV rights because, although Eastern European pay-TV is currently undeveloped: "We're making a bet that sector is going to grow."