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MSM’s content deal with NBCUniversal is for 7 years

MUMBAI: Multi Screen Media’s (MSM) recently announced long term content deal with NBCUniversal is for seven-years. The deal will help MSM’s English movie channel Pix become a force to be reckoned with.

Mr.-Saurabh-Yagnik,-EVP-&-Business-Head,-Sony-PIX-(2)Speaking to Televisionpost.com, Pix/AXN executive VP, business head of English entertainment Saurabh Yagnik said, “The deal is for seven years. We have access to over 100 titles each year.”

He added that the deal becomes effective from January 2016. “We now have output deals with SPE, MGM and NBCUniversal,” he added.

While not commenting on rights value, Yagnik noted that they have steadily been going up. He, however, clarified that this deal is only for movies, which means that the content will air only on Pix as AXN no longer airs movies.

The deal gives MSM rights to Universal’s upcoming as well as latest movie releases such as ‘Fast & Furious 7’, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Ted 2’, ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ and Illumination Entertainment’s ‘Minions’ as well as the first installment in the studio’s various blockbuster franchises such as ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Fast & Furious’, ‘The Hulk’ and ‘Despicable Me’, apart from ‘Gladiator’, the first three films in the ‘Rambo’ franchise, ‘King Kong’, ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘Ted’ and ‘Notting Hill’, amongst others.

Prior to MSM, the rights were with Star India.

It is worth noting that Star India, which has a huge library, recently launched Star Movies Select, a premiere HD movie channel with a proposition of ‘365 days 365 stories’.

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