ABC Family Nabs TV Rights to ‘The Hunger Games’ & ‘Catching Fire’

by on March 26, 2012

in Entertainment


'Catching Fire' breaking news

The Hunger Games, which is some movie that came out this weekend, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, & Elizabeth Banks, hit it big with a .  And it already has its TV network premiere rights nabbed up!  Surprisingly, someone moved faster that FX to do it!

ABC Family has probably coughed up a pretty penny, but has acquired the television movie premiere rights to not only The Hunger Games, but the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. [Brusimm’s Catching Fire Review]

That’s a pretty smart move to cough up the cash for both this weekend’s mega-hit movie, The Hunger Games, and the sequel, Catching Fire.

But what could ABC have paid for this particular catch?

Generally speaking, networks can look to pay upwards of 12% of movie’s domestic gross at the box office for the TV rights, though at some point, there’s usually a cap in that fee.  Unless other aspects are in play, as in when a network might buy up a package of movie rights from a studio.

There are many options as to how this TV rights deal can be worked.

But a movie as big as The Hunger Games can probably push the envelope and as we all know, ABC/Disney has the bucks to do so.

Plus, I’d have to guess that with this announcement coming out this early on a Monday morning, that networks were already in parlay for the movies long before the movie premiered this weekend.  So at least sometime in 2014, ABC Family is going to have a good ratings day or two when they premiere these movies.

[TV Media Insights: Hunger Games TV Rights Acquired]

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