Turner, the global media conglomerate that owns TNT and TBS, has announced today that they’ve entered a multi-year domestic licensing agreement with Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox.
The deal grants them the basic cable rights to the entire “Star Wars” film series, a deal which includes the network premiere for five of the six original “Star Wars” films, and all five of the current films in production in development – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” the Han Solo spin-off and “Star Wars: Episode IX”.
Coupled with a separate arrangement with 20th Century Fox for the original 1977 “Star Wars,” TNT and TBS will now be the only home on basic cable for all eleven films in the saga. It is speculated to be the biggest movie package deal ever sold to ad-supported TV networks – somewhere in the range of around $200 million.
The films will come to Turner beginning Tuesday, September 20th when TNT kicks off six consecutive nights of the original classic films. The movies will also air in December, in conjunction with the theatrical release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. TNT will premiere “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in early 2018, followed in 2019 with this year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
Source: TV Line