GRIT & ESCAPE ANNOUNCE LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH SONY PICTURES TELEVISION FOR 150 FEATURE FILMS FOURTH MAJOR STUDIO DEAL IN FOUR MONTHS FOR THE NATION’S FIRST OVER-THE-AIR MALE & FEMALE-TARGETED TV NETWORKS
ATLANTA (Sept. 3, 2014) – The newly-launched male-centric and female-centric over-the-air broadcast television networks — Grit (For Men) and Escape (For Women) — have concluded a multi-year licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for television rights to 150 demo-targeted motion pictures, it was announced today.
This is the fourth major multi-year film licensing agreement for Grit and Escape, both of which came on the air on August 18. 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.
“This Sony package adds to our already-impressive line-up 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,” commented Jonathan Katz, President and CEO of Katz Broadcasting, parent company of the two new networks.
Action-oriented Grit targets men 25-54 with a heavy focus on western, war and action theatrical motion pictures. In the new agreement with SPT, Grit lands such major titles as: two memorable and Academy Award®-nominated Jack Nicholson performances, A Few Good Men opposite Tom Cruise, and another Nicholson classic The Last Detail; the multiple Academy Award®-winning Best Picture The Bridge on the River Kwai; Humphrey Bogart’s Oscar®-nominated turn in The Caine Mutiny; the multiple Oscar®-nominated A Soldier’s Story; Harrison Ford as the Commander-in-Chief defending Air Force One; Kevin Costner in the western Silverado; The Legend of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas; Johnny Depp in the acclaimed inside-the-mob filmDonnie Brasco opposite Al Pacino; Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Last Action Hero and Bruce Willis in Hudson Hawk. Grit will also acquire such classic westerns as 3:10 to Yuma; Steve McQueen in Nevada Smith; The Texas Rangers and epic war movies including Glory and Casualties of War with Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox.
Escape targets women 25-54 with a brand of programming anchored in stories of crime, mystery and justice. Sony Pictures Television drama and mystery titles headed to Escape include: Glenn Close in the did-he-or-didn’t-he-do-it thriller Jagged Edgeopposite Jeff Bridges; the multiple Oscar®-nominated Absence of Malice starring Sally Field and Paul Newman; Sandra Bullock in The Net; Single White Female and its’ sequel Single White Female 2; Cher’s critically-acclaimed role as a defense attorney inSuspect; Eye of the Beholder starring Ashley Judd; Demi Moore as The Juror as well as in Mortal Thoughts; Trapped starring Charlize Theron; Director Brian DePalma’s mysterious Body Double and more.
Grit and Escape are currently seen in 50% of the country, with more distribution to be announced shortly. Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates television stations in major U.S. markets, carries both Grit and Escape in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Miami and other markets. Raycom Media carries one or both of the networks in markets including Cleveland/Akron, OH, Charlotte, NC, Cincinnati, OH, West Palm Beach, FL, Birmingham, AL, Memphis, TN, Louisville, KY, Knoxville, TN, Honolulu, HI, Tucson, AZ, Columbia, SC, Huntsville, AL and others.