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TVN Inks Paramount VOD Deal

TVN Entertainment Corp. announced a major, long term video-on-demand-licensing deal with Paramount Pictures Wednesday.

The deal gives TVN access to such current Paramount releases as School of Rock and Timeline, as well as a broad selection of quality library titles such as An Officer and a Gentleman, the first six Star Trek films, Chinatown and concert film U2: Rattle and Hum, network officials said.

The deal now gives TVN VOD and pay-per-view access to all of the major studios except The Walt Disney Co., which has yet to reach any long-term cable VOD-distribution deals.

"We are extremely excited to include Paramount's quality content in our VOD lineup," TVN senior vice president of programming Neil Goldberg said in a prepared statement.

"With virtually all of the studios on board, we can now begin to focus on building original on-demand networks," he added.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.