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Old 10-04-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Warner Bros Warner to Take Over Distribution of Part of Paramount's Library

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is taking over marketing, merchandising and distribution of a big chunk of Paramount Pictures’ movie library.

The studio today announced a strategic alliance with Paramount Home Media Distribution that is centered on more than 600 catalog titles from the Paramount film library. The deal gives Warner exclusive rights to physical Blu-rayDisc and DVD distribution of those titles in the United States and Canada, and will make Paramount’s UltraViolet offerings available on a non-exclusive basis through Flixster, the Warner Bros. movie streaming and discovery service.

Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Video, called the arrangement “a good deal for both studios because Paramount can be assured of a revenue stream on their catalog and refocus their resources toward franchises, while Warner can leverage its scale to launch new Blu-ray titles, collections and special editions.”

Dennis Maguire, president of Paramount Home Media Distribution, is equally enthusiastic. “We are bullish on this deal as it firmly supports innovation in a critical aspect of our business, while at the same time it leverages our collective strengths and assets to maximize profits in the present market,” he said. “Flixster provides access to the leading movie discovery application that will promote digital content ownership and aid in expanding our digital business. At the same time, on the physical side, this agreement enables us to manage our profitability in a time of change in the marketplace and to focus more resources on new releases. With its strong infrastructure and track record, Warner will not only safeguard but enhance the long-term value of titles covered by this agreement.”

“We’re delighted that movie fans will now be able to access Paramount titles through Flixster, further expanding the already robust library of UltraViolet-enabled content and making the continued transition to digital much smoother for the consumer,” added Thomas Gewecke, president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

The agreement also grants Warner Bros. manufacturing on demand rights and the ability to include UltraViolet Digital Copy bundled with packaged media. Paramount will retain all digital rights for their titles, including electronic sell-through (EST), video-on-demand (VOD) and subscription video-on-demand. Flixster will offer, on a non-exclusive basis, Paramount titles for sale in UltraViolet EST format, UltraViolet Disc-to-Digital and VOD. Flixster will also act as an UltraViolet Locker Access Service Provider for all Paramount UltraViolet titles, and as a redemption site for Paramount UltraViolet Digital Copies.

The three-year deal, which takes effect January 1, 2013, covers U.S. and Canadian rights only and includes titles such as Braveheart, Gladiator, Ghost, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Chinatown, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Forrest Gump, The African Queen, The Ten Commandments, Hugo, Fatal Attraction, Rango, Terms of Endearment, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Airplane!, according to studio and retail sources.

The agreement excludes approximately 100 cornerstone Paramount titles, including the Transformers, Star Trek and Indiana Jones franchises. Warner also will gain access to select new titles after the initial 26-week release period.

Paramount will receive licensing fees from Warner Bros. and be entitled to various benefits under a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with Flixster.
Wow.Warner really can't keep fingers away from other studios libraries

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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Possible Zodiac re-release in the US?
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Please let CBS/Paramount rights to MY FAIR LADY go to WB's just so we can get a decent BLU release.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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Hopefully Warner got Shane and will release a digibook of it. No chance of that on Paramount's watch.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:32 PM   #5
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It seems that Paramount is new Sony (catalogue titles wise).Hopefully Olive will get a good chunk of their titles too.

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Hopefully they get the Friday the 13th movies. I think Warner owns Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X, so they could release a box set with all of them now.
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Hopefully they get the Friday the 13th movies. I think Warner owns Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X, so they could release a box set with all of them now.
I predict it by next Halloween.
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Hopefully they get the Friday the 13th movies. I think Warner owns Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X, so they could release a box set with all of them now.
This is the first thing that popped in my mind when I saw this.
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I don't get it. All the titles in the article have already been released on Blu. How will we benefit?
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This is the first thing that popped in my mind when I saw this.
I think this is every slasher fans' hope now
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Hopefully they get the Friday the 13th movies. I think Warner owns Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X, so they could release a box set with all of them now.
Ha - completely reading my mind. Thought of this about 2 seconds after reading the thread title.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:42 PM   #12
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Robert Altman's Nashville would go nicely with a box set of the films he did with WB and UA. Oh, and Popeye!!!

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:43 PM   #13
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Friday the 13th part 4 and i'll be happy
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I bet Death Wish will be among the first titles released.

It will be interesting to see what titles Paramount will keep to themselves.
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I don't get it. All the titles in the article have already been released on Blu. How will we benefit?
They made a deal for 600 catalog titles. The titles mentioned were only a select few of them.
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Hopefully they get the Friday the 13th movies. I think Warner owns Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X, so they could release a box set with all of them now.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:48 PM   #17
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The original Bad News Bears would be another good pick!
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1492 please.... PLEASE!
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Yep, first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title.
Add me to this list! Held off buying the others on Blu just for this reason.
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I finally bought the UK Blu-Ray of THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY yesterday, despite the mediocre reviews, because I was sure it would never come out here. Not surprised at all to see this news the next day, lol. Hope that film finally reaches BD here now.

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