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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Todd/Pitts Hal Roach Comedies on TCM

Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts and director George Marshall

We did license (almost the entire) Hal Roach library for a 40 year deal (it was done last year) and are in the process of receiving many of the films to play on the network (we've already played some of them). We recently did a deal with Paramount and there are others that we're negotiating which I can't really comment on. We just licensed a few never-before-on-television silent films from Film Preservations Associates (a small company that restores silent films), we did a deal with Janus/Criterion films for many foreign-language classics. There will be several Universal titles (which include early Paramount) that will be appearing on our schedule for the first time (this year's Summer Under the Stars has many premieres from them). The day-to-day job of the programming department includes planning our film inventory years into the future, and - as I keep saying - we're still buying the same volume of older classics several years in advance (which is the way most of the licesning agreements work).

Posted 6/19/2006 by tcmprogrammr on the TCM General Discussion Forum/Message Board


Blogger Carrie said...

God Bless TCM :0)

6:30 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I am excited about the Hal Roach films. Lokk for "Turnabout" in September!

3:19 AM  
Blogger jtk said...

Hallelujah! and amen to that,

September looks like a great month Jeff. The 6th has Roach Studio movies most of the day, and the 15th has shorts most of the night.

6:48 PM  

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