The recently launched male-centric broadcast network Grit and its female-centric counterpart Escape have announced the signing of a multiyear licensing pact with Sony Pictures Television giving the networks the TV rights to 150 demo-targeted movies.
“This is the fourth major multiyear film licensing agreement for Grit and Escape, both of which came on the air on August 18,” the network’s parent company, Katz Broadcasting, said in an announcement. “The two networks also recently acquired the television rights to 135 demo-targeted motion pictures from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, 157 motion pictures from NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, U.S. & Canada and nearly 200 demo-targeted motion pictures from Paramount Pictures.”
Said Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Broadcasting: “This Sony package adds to our already-impressive lineup of theatricals, featuring some of the greatest movies ever made with legendary stars giving award-winning and memorable performances. They will be very popular with the target demos of both Grit and Escape.”
Among the titles headed to Grit, which targets men 25-54: “A Few Good Men,” “The Last Detail,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “The Caine Mutiny,” “A Soldier’s Story,” “Air Force One,” “Silverado,” “Donnie Brasco” and “The Last Action Hero.”
Escape, which targets women 25-54, secured the rights to, among others: “Jagged Edge,” “Absence of Malice,” “The Net,” “Single White Female,” “Suspect,” “Eye of the Beholder,” “The Juror,” “Mortal Thoughts” and “Body Double.”
Grit and Escape currently reach 50% of the country, with additional distribution expected to be announced soon.