Tele Muenchen has signed a long term licensing deal covering free TV German-language rights to recent, forthcoming and future MGM and United Artists films and TV movies.

Included in the deal between the Munich-based German media group and MGM International TV Distribution are the upcoming 22nd James Bond film; a new installment of The Pink Panther franchise; Lions for Lambs, the first release from the Tom Cruise- and Paula Wagner-managed United Artists; and United Artists' Valkyrie, in which Cruise will star for director Bryan Singer.

Tele München will also have rights to recent theatrical releases including Rocky Balboa, and to upcoming releases including comedies Charlie Bartlett and Lars And The Real Girl with Ryan Gosling. In addition, the deal covers a crop of 'consumer direct movies' that MGM has developed specifically for the global young adult audience.