Documentary Channel Inks 16-Film Deal With Image Entertainment

The Documentary Channel has reached a multiyear pact with Image Entertainment for 16 acclaimed library films.

Exclusive television deal with Image Entertainment encompasses a 16-documentary package includes such prestigious titles as Academy Award-winner Born Into Brothels, Oscar  nominees Spellbound, War Dance and Murderball, plus and Emmy nominees Boys of Baraka and Trials of Darryl Hunt. The collection also showcases film festival honorees such as Bus 174, Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, Blindsight and Festival Express, among others.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Image Entertainment film collection will begin premiering on Documentary Channel on Nov. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with Bus 174, winner of eight major film festival awards. The remaining films are scheduled to premiere in 2010, with specific titles and dates to be announced.

"The titles we selected represent a wide variety of styles and subjects," said Kate Pearson, Documentary Channel senior vice president of programming, in a statement.  "All of these documentaries are major award winners, and we are thrilled to provide the opportunity to telecast these quality films to a mass television audience."