Ion TV Inks Content Deals With Paramount, Fox, WB

Provider signs for TV series including “Shark,” films such as “The Fugitive” and the “Godfather” trilogy

Last Updated: February 11, 2010 @ 10:44 AM

Ion Television has acquired a slew of feature films and TV series, including the James Woods series "Shark" and movies including "Top Gun," "Death Wish" and "Space Cowboys," in deals signed with several Hollywood studios.

Kristine Hunsinger, senior VP of planning, scheduling and acquisitions at Ion, announced the deals Thursday and said the newly acquired titles will roll out on Ion throughout the year.

“With nearly 35 star-studded movies and high-profile network television series, Ion Television continues to position itself as the premier programming destination for the many viewers looking for top feature films,” Hunsinger said in a statement. “With this announcement, ION Television is establishing itself as a clear choice for appointment viewing.”

Ion acquired two seasons, or 38 episodes, of legal drama "Shark" and 572 half-hours of reality series "Texas Justice" (seasons 1-4) from Twentieth Television.

From Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Distribution, Ion bought a package including 15 film titles and features all three titles in “The Godfather” trilogy, "Top Gun" and Charles Bronson pics “Death Wish” and “Death Wish IV: The Crackdown.”

Ion also acquired more than a dozen releases from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, including “The Fugitive,” starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones; “GoodFellas,” starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci; and “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Space Cowboys,” both directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.

Ion Television, launched in 2006, is a general entertainment network that reaches more than 97 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems.