Showtime Networks has built a slate of indie distributors since its distribution deals expired with the three big studios that launched Epix in 2009. Today the company extended its existing deal with one of its new batch of distributors, IFC Films, re-upping their theatrical output deal for five years through 2021.
The deal gives the premium cabler access to such films as Best Picture Oscar nominee Boyhood, and Sundance titles The D Train and Sleeping With Other People. Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood will have its television premiere April 25 on Showtime.
Said Gary Garfinkel, Showtime Networks’ SVP Content Acquisition, and Kent Sevener, SVP Content Acquisition and Business & Legal Affairs: “IFC Films has become a major player in the independent theatrical distribution business, and it is very exciting to extend our partnership with them. We’re thrilled to expand and further diversify the Showtime Networks theatrical portfolio for years to come with IFC Films’ rich slate.”
Added Lisa Schwartz, EVP Distribution, Operations and Business Development for IFC Films and Sundance Selects: “We are thrilled to have our films play alongside Showtime’s award-winning original programs. Their partnership approach over the last six years has been a major contributor to the size and acclaim of our slate.”