Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network and Celestial Pictures have inked a long-term programming partnership that extends and expands on an existing licensing agreement. Under the new five-year deal, El Rey will have access to 255 martial arts titles from the Shaw Brothers vault – the world’s leading martial arts collection, many on an exclusive basis. Financial terms were not disclosed. El Rey and Celestial also are in talks on new original programming concepts based on the Shaw Brothers’ films.
New titles include The Five Deadly Venoms, Mad Monkey Kung Fu, The Brave Archer Trilogy and Have Sword Will Travel, which will air throughout the schedule as well as during the network’s monthly Kung Fu marathons. All films come with English subtitles and/or English dubbed tracks. The deal begins October 1.