Film deal breaks six year post-theatrical convention
BROADCAST EXCLUSIVE -Walt Disney claims to have broken a film deal precedent with rights to show a raft of blockbusters on television within three years of their UK theatrical release, instead of the normal time of six, writes Simon Ellery.

Disney Channel UK acquisitions manager Zoë Scurfield has scooped the rights to show seven movies, including Men in Black, Godzilla and Stuart Little, ahead of the normal third-window rights for UK pay-TV. Under the deal, BSkyB has the first-window rights for 12 to 15 months, with a terrestrial channel taking second rights as a first showing and Walt Disney Channel UK then holding the rights for a year. The rights then revert to Sky. The channel is understood to have paid a seven-figure sum for the deal.

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