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Showtime Networks, IFC Films announce five year extension of theatrical output deal

MUMBAI: Showtime Networks and IFC Films have announced a new exclusive theatrical output agreement that extends the existing deal to cover films theatrically distributed by IFC Films through 2021.

Showtime Networks subscribers will be able to watch IFC Films’ titles in the premium television window across all platforms including the network’s multiplex channels, Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime.

The deal includes the Sundance Film Festival titles ‘D Train’ and ‘Sleeping With Other People’ and the Oscar-nominated Best Picture ‘Boyhood’ which made its television debut on Showtime. The announcement was made by Showtime Networks senior VP, content acquisition Gary Garfinkel and senior VP, content acquisition and business and legal affairs Kent Sevener.

They said, “IFC Films has become a major player in the independent theatrical distribution business and it is very exciting to extend our partnership with them. We’re thrilled to expand and further diversify the Showtime Networks theatrical portfolio for years to come with IFC Films’ rich slate.”

IFC Films and Sundance Selects executive VP, Distribution, Operations and Business Development Lisa Schwartz said, “We are thrilled to have our films play alongside Showtime’s award-winning original programmes. Their partnership approach over the last six years has been a major contributor to the size and acclaim of our slate”.